Tignes les Brevieres
Why Tignes Les Brevieres Ski Resort?
- It has direct ski access to the massive Tignes Val d'Isere area (formerly known as Espace Killy)
- It’s a quiet alternative to the other bustling resorts in Tignes
- It has an excellent beginners’ area
Tignes Les Brevieres Information
The architectural reputation is perhaps more questionable, although a beautification process is underway across the resort. Older, uglier buildings are being improved and new buildings more sympathetic to the stunning mountain scenery are gradually appearing.
Originally, there were just two villages making up Tignes - Tignes Les Brevieres and Tignes itself. Both had existed since the 13th century. The first rumours that a dam was to be built in the valley began circulating in 1928 and by 1952 the 'Barrage de Tignes' was completed and the original town of Tignes was lost beneath the waters of the newly created Lac du Chevril. The hydroelectric lake could, at the time, generate power for up to 10% of France. Monies paid to the community from the government in damages for the loss of Tignes helped to build the first ski lifts and buildings in the new villages of Les Boisses, Le Lac, Val Claret and Lavachet, whilst Les Brevieres housed 5000 workers in a series of huts. This had earned the village the title of the 'Wild West of Savoie' during the construction as men came from all over France to earn fortunes only to lose them again gambling, drinking and fighting in the many temporary bars and casinos. Fortunately, once the clean-up was completed, Les Brevieres remained pretty much intact, and in the 1970s the first chairlifts were installed.
You can stay in picturesque Les Brevieres and ski the Espace Killy shared by Tignes and neighbouring, lift-linked, Val d'Isère. Parts of Les Brevieres date back to the 13th century, but it’s still at a snow-sure altitude of 1550m.
Unspoilt by large-scale modern development, this is still very much a corner of the real France; most of the village restaurants and bars are family run. It is also considerably cheaper to stay there than it is in its better known neighbours, each 15 minutes away by road.
Tignes has been voted one of the top resorts for experts.
Peak Retreats offers a range of Tignes accommodation options. All of Tignes' ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3 & 4*), providing the ideal base for a Tignes ski holiday.
Interested in buying an apartment in Tignes? See our Buying in the Alps section.
TIGNES SKI AREA
Les Brévières is fully connected with Tignes, a ski area with an exceptional variety of possibilities including some of the most extensive off-piste in the world. Its altitude and resulting snow reliability, along with a huge arsenal of snow guns when needed, means it’s normally possible to ski at least 1,400m vertical from November until the lifts close in May.
Snowmaking in Tignes
Tignes operates 352 snowguns dispersed over the entire skiable area: from the top of the Double M run to Les Brévières and from the Tovière summit. Thanks to their continued operation, you can ski from one mountain to another. The water is taken directly from a natural lake at 2100 metres. No chemicals are added.
Snowcats groom 60% of the skiable area daily (green, blue and red runs). Black runs – such as Naturides® runs – are not consistently groomed in order to preserve the natural state of their terrain. They develop a layer of powder after snowfall and mogul fields after several days. If you’re an experienced skier, you can take advantage of these less-travelled runs, which are marked, secured and patrolled like any other.
At Tovière: Paquerettes, the Envers de Campanules runs, along with Grizzly and Aster
At the Palet area: the Guerlain Chicherit and Golf runs
Skiing in Tignes Les Brévières itself is ideal for families or groups looking for a relaxing base. The trails on the mainly north-facing slopes locally at Les Brévières are generally tree-lined and skiers are rewarded at the bottom of the mountain with a couple of welcoming restaurants. Apart from the area directly above Tignes 1800 and Tignes les Brévières, there are no other tree-lined areas. So these prove great little areas in snowy or windy weather. Tignes les Brévières is a little Alpine village linked to the large Espace Killy ski area, so you get the best of both worlds.
The lift system is second to none, with many new high-speed lifts, thanks to the investment made when Val d’Isère hosted the Alpine Ski world Championships in 2009.
You can descend from the Aiguille Perceé to Tignes les Brévières on blue, red or black runs.
There’s lift access to yet more skiing at Sainte Foy (10 minutes) and Les Arcs (45 minutes’ drive) from Tignes les Brevieres, whilst La Rosière is 40 minutes’ drive and La Plagne, 60 minutes away. Those with their own car can drive to either Val d’Isère or the main Tignes resort in about a quarter of an hour. A day of skiing at most of these resorts is possible at no additional cost for those with lift passes valid for six days or more.
- For Val d'Isere, see details with our sister company Ski Collection
Additional ski fact info, main ski info in resort facts box at top of page
Tignes only - 150km of pistes, 47 lifts, 67 slopes:
Green slopes: 1
Blue slopes: 40
Red slopes: 16
Black slopes: 10
In the village itself, there’s a free drag-lift with its own gentle sectioned-off nursery slope which is free of through traffic. Tignes les Brévières is particularly suitable for beginners, with a network of tree-lined green and blue runs immediately above the village. This is an excellent area for children. Once more confident, beginners can take the six-person bubble lift up to Tignes 2,100m, and from there reach all the Tignes and Val d’Isère slopes.
Enjoy free access to eight Tignes lifts to practise your first curves before hitting the slopes of the vast Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area. Lognan is ideal for novices and families as the slopes are broad and not especially difficult.
Tignes and Val d’Isère are perfect for the adventurous intermediate. Tignes has extensive intermediate slopes with big lift networks. One of Tignes’ biggest asset is its glacier – the Grande Motte. From Val Claret, take the funicular up to 3000m and more in seven minutes and from there you’ll find a selection of blue, red and black runs. The blues are quite wide (and lots of fun!) so for low intermediates this isn’t normally a problem.
Tignes and Val d’Isère are a Mecca for experts. Tignes has converted many of its black runs in ‘naturides’ which means they are never groomed - but they are marked, patrolled and avalanche protected. The Sache black run is a descent of 1200m vertical down a breathtaking valley in the national park, overlooked by the Sache glacier. Starting from l’Aiguille Perceé at 2750m you finally arrive down in Les Brévières below the Tignes dam.
Tignes Val d'Isere is renowned for offering some of the best lift-served off-piste skiing in the world. There’s a vast variety of terrain to suit all levels from intermediate to hard-core freerider. For first-timers, Lognan is ideal.
Heli-skiing is available in Tignes, but it’s a bizarre form as heli drops are forbidden in France. But from Tovière you can ski down towards the Lac du Chevril to be picked up by a helicopter at the end of the run (a neat way of getting round the heliskiing ban in France!).
Tignes has always been a popular area for snowboarders. There are lots of easily accessible off-piste areas ideal for snowboarders. Luckily drags can generally be avoided as chairs and gondolas are more favoured. Pistes in Tignes, such as Piste H and Carline, are often quite wide.
Tignes les Brevieres Ski Hire
Pre-book your Tignes Les Brevieres ski hire with Peak Retreats.
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note, these Pound Sterling prices are for indication only. They will fluctuate based on Euro/£ exchange rate. Please call us for the latest prices.
Special offers: *7 days for the price of 6. Free Skis/snowboard & boots (Blue/Red) for party leaders of groups of 10 or more all taking equipment. 1 Free helmet per child aged 6 and under for every adult booking skis or snowboards & boots (must be under same booking reference and requested on form above). Other duration prices on request - Cross Country ski prices on request.
Tignes les Brevieres Ski Passes
Pre-book your Tignes lift passes with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski passes
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Free lifts in Tignes
In Tignes, enjoy free access to 6 lifts to practice your first curves before hitting the slopes of the Espace Killy Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area:
Tignes le Lac / Le Lavachet:
- Rosset chairlift
- Lavachet skilift
Tignes Val Claret:
- Claret skilift
- Bollin chairlift
Tignes les Brévières:
- Brévières chairlift
- Pitôts skilift
Other lift pass on offer (to buy locally in resort in Euros):
Tignes Val d'Isere ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18 :
½ day - €35.50 children, €44 adults
Day - €46 children, €57 adults
Tignes ski pass – ½ day and daily rates 2017/18:
½ day - €31 children, €39 adults
Day - €38 children, €48 adults
Tignes les Brevieres Ski School
Pre-book your Tignes ESF ski school with Peak Retreats. Find out more about Peak Retreats ski school
Ski school for children is available to book from 4 years to 13 years, in Tignes, with Peak Retreats. 3 year olds will go into the Piou Piou lessons.
To download the ski extras form, see 'Helpful links' further down the page.
Please note that lesson times are subject to change right until the last minute - you will be advised. Outside French school holidays the ski school reserves the right to cancel group lessons should numbers be insufficient. For peak periods - Christmas, New Year, February half-term and Easter - we strongly recommend that you book as early as possible and in any case at least 6 weeks prior to the required dates. Morning lessons tend to get booked up first and therefore we may only be able to offer afternoon classes within 6 weeks of departure. In some resorts English speaking instructors may not always be available, particularly at peak times.
We cannot always guarantee that prices will be cheaper than in resort. When ski packs prices are calculated, the currency is bought at the exchange rates that apply at the time. You can be assured that once you have booked your extras, if the pound depreciates, you will not be charged more for your ski packs, enabling you to budget for your holiday in advance.
Tignes Individual Tuitions (18/19 prices, NOT pre-bookable)
Individual tuitions can only be purchased directly from the ski school. Peak Retreats cannot pre-book these.
Lunch time special between 12.15pm and 1.45pm
1 hour - €50
1 hour 1/2 - €75
Please note that prices are only an indication and are subject to change
Ski school Tignes contact numbers for private lessons:
Ecole du Ski Français: Tel. 04 79 06 30 28 - Fax: 04 79 06 41 14
Tignes le Lac Child Care
Les Marmottons – Ski nursery
Not in Tignes 1800, this nursery is in Le Lac part of Tignes.
Children from 2yo to 8 yo.
Children stages - Ski lessons in English, in an exclusive area.
Morning from 9am to 12am
Afternoon from 1.45pm to 4.45pm
Meal from 12.15 to 1.30pm
5 half days: from 170€
6 half days: from 180€
Route du Rosset, Tignes
+33 4 79 06 51 67
ESF Ski Lessons for children
Children can ski from 3 years old in Tignes with ESF Tignes. See ski school tab. Peak Retreats can pre-book this.
Tignes Resort Activities
Activities in Tignes as a whole in various villages:
2 sledging pistes are fitted out and maintained in the resort. Free access.
Tignes les Lac: between the Lagon and Tovière gondola
Tignes Lavachet: in front of the Lavachet car park
Tignes for pedestrians
There are specific lift passes for pedestrians!
- Enjoy breath-taking landscapes: take the funicular and head to the cable car to enjoy the view on the famous peaks and mountains around: the Mont Pourri, ridges of the Grande Sassière, the Grande Casse (highest point of La Vanoise: altitude of 3,856 metres) and of course the majestic Mont Blanc (in the distance). You will find 3 viewpoint indicators on your route. You can also take the Sache or Brevieres gondolas.
- Enjoy a lunch at an altitude restaurant: stop by the terrace of the Panoramic restaurant thanks to the funicular, or head to the Chaudannes or Tichot chairlifts, or the Aeroski gondola.
- Staying in Tignes les Brevieres? Take the Brevieres chairlift for free to get to the bus stop in Tignes les Boisses.
Pedestrian, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing: discover the Plateau du Marais itinary!
A 1,5 km long marked itinary, suitable for everyone, adults and children, to enjoy the fresh air of the mountains surrounded by the breathtaking landscapes of the Tignes - Val d’Isère ski area. Access by the Boisses and Brévières gondolas.
Tignes Snake Gliss
You like sledging? You will love the Snake Gliss!
Come with your friends and family and try this sledge train... Expect a lot of fun and laughs
Tignes Le Lac
Phone: +33 4 79 06 32 65
Tignes Ice driving circuit
In Tignes les Brévières
Ice Driving School – 0033 609 42 68 95
Tignes Helicopter flights
Evolution 2 – 0033 479 06 35 76
Bureau des Guides – 0033 479 06 42 76
In Tignes, nothing stops the fun! At nightfall, the snow becomes a terrain to discover a unique sport combining nighttime discovery and adrenaline – snowmobiling. As an enthusiast of nature and motor sport, you’ll enjoy the pleasure of driving a motorized vehicle while exploring the resort beneath the starry sky.
Ecole de motoneige
Snowmobile school in Tignes, Chaudannes yurt
Phone: +33 6 07 10 19 62
Evolution 2 – 0033 479 06 35 76
Tignes Ice skating
To expand your skating possibilities, Tignes also offers ‘Disco on Ice’ evenings every Thrusday (from December to February, depending weather conditions) from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. Just like its Canadian counterparts, Tignes skating rink is an open-air rink, located on the frozen lake in the heart of the resort at Tignes le Lac. Have a great time on the 800-m² surface area divided in 2 zones featuring game area, ice hockey and a ‘fun’ square. Admission to Tignes skating rink is free, so by all means take full advantage!
Tignes mountain bike on snow
When the ski runs close, the mountain bikes arrive in the starting blocks! Travel up in the gondola and ride down the deserted pistes as the sun sets. This is another way to sample the joys of snowsports, but on 2 wheels this time…
Phone: +33 6 60 18 33 34
Tignes les Brévières
Chlorophyll – 0033 660 18 33 34
Situated at the heart of Tignes on the banks of the lake, Le Lagon offers a combination of five fantastic aqua leisure facilities:
Get FREE access to the Lagon swimming pool with your 2-to-15 day Tignes ski pass.
• For swimming
25-metre swimming pool with 6 lanes, swimming lessons etc.
• For relaxation
Bubble bed, whirlpool seat, geyser, swimming against the current, waterfall etc.
• For recreation
Recreational pool with 3-lane waterslide, leisure pool, paddling pool, mini-whirlpool bath, toadstool fountain etc.
• For well-being
Wellness centre with steam room, saunas, Jacuzzis, recreational showers, solarium etc.
• For health and fitness
Fitness centre with cardio-weight training area and studio for exercise classes etc.
Bungee trampoline permit you to realize jumps & acrobatics till 6 metres high. Accessible by children (from 2 years and a half) and adults.
Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort.
Tignes Tourist Office
Tel. 33 (0)4 79 40 03 03
Tignes Ski Activities
Tignes First Tracks
Every Wednesday of the winter, from December to April, be the first to leave your tracks on Tignes’ pistes! Slide down from the Grande Motte Glacier to the heart of the resort. Let’s take the funicular at 8.30 am and be welcomed by the ski patrollers for a briefing and a breakfast! Grab your skis on and be ready for a 900m slide dow. Fresh Tracks sessions: From 15 €. Booking from Saturday to Tuesday at the Grande Motte sales office. Meeting at 8:20 am at the departure of the funicular.
Valid Tignes or espace killy ski pass for Wednesday compulsary.
Cross-country in Espace Killy
The Espace Killy has 40km/25 miles of trails.
There are tracks on the frozen Lac de Tignes and along the valley between Val Claret and Tignes-le-Lac, at Les Boisses and Les Brevieres plus Grande Motte.
Modules suited for everyone, beginners and experts, a big airbag (free access).
A 1400-meter long course with banked bends, woops and extreme curves. A run of 1.20 min…sensations guaranteed!
New: the Boardercool, a fun course near the Grattalu piste.
Open everyday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Free entry.
A mini boardercross with banked curves and woops. Try new tricks in total safety thanks to the Burn big airbag.
Discover this new way of riding, modern and ecological, and ride the slopes up and down thanks to a big kite!
Freeride, freestyle, cross-country skiing: everything is possible, so ride off the beaten tracks and taste what freedom is!
Whether you are a beginner, you are interested in kite-surfing on water or you are already a kite-surfer, you can discover this activity in a friendly way.
Please note: you must already be confident to ride a blue piste (ski or snowboard)
333 Ski & snowboard school - Ride & Feel Good"
A young and dynamic team. A professional school using the latest techniques. Collective course, 8 people max.
Le Val Claret 73320 Tignes
Phone: +33 (0)4 79 06 20 88
Tignes Resort News and Events 2018/19
- New lifts - in 2018, the Sache cable car and the Brévières chairlift will be replaced by an 8 places cable car in order to connect Brévières with Boisses. Also, the capacity of the Boisses gondola will continue to be improved to 3,000 passengers per hour with 47 cabins
- Tignes Unveils World's Largest and Highest ‘Open-Top’ Cable Car - Tignes has unveiled its upgraded Grande Motte glacier cable car, and the big news is that now you can ride up on top of the cabins. Climbing from 3,034m to 3456m in five minutes, the cable car originally opened in 1975 and the new cabins are part of a full overhaul of the area which includes the creation of ‘Altitude Experiences’ which will include a viewing platform and indoor exhibition accessible to all and due to open in May next year as part of the full 17 million upgrade project. The two new ‘open-top’ cabins designed in Switzerland by Garaventa AG will offer passengers a unique 360-degree view of one of the most beautiful panoramas of the French Alps with views of Mont Blanc, the Cime de Bellecôte and the Aiguille de la Grande Sassière (3,747 m). Each cabin can hold 100 people indoors and 20 on the roof. However, the rooftop open-air sections will not operate in autumn and winter due to likely weather conditions at altitude, and will first be open to the public next May - see Tignes Val Claret & Le Lac, Tignes 1800 and Tignes Les Brevieres in summer.
- 2018-2020: NEW EXPERIENCE ON THE GRANDE MOTTE GLACIER - Tignes are spending 3 years designing and developing the Grande Motte top
- 2020: MODERNIZATION OF THE MARAIS CHAIRLIFT - Before 2020, the Marais chairlift will be replaced by a new machine to faster access to the Aiguille Percée at 2723m. During the same year, a magic carpet will be created sur le plateau du Marais
- 2021: NEW AIGUILLE ROUGE DETACHABLE CHAIRLIFT - Aiguille Rouge will be replaced with a detachable chairlift to increase passengers comfort
- New Year's Eve Pop Rock Party - 31st December 2018 - come and celebrate New Year's Eve with Tignes & French radio RTL2 on Tignes le Lac snow front! Grab your down jacket and Moonboots and get ready to dance to the greatest POP-ROCK bootlegs on the highest dance floor in Europe!
- Freestyle event - 18th-21st March 2019 - the superpipe looking good, all lit up, the best riders of the freestyle planet showing off their best tricks, the supporters putting the finishing enclosure on fire...Freestyle will be king in Tignes from for the Ultimate Ears Freestyle Tour, final of the Halfpipe World Cup!
- European snow pride and gay pride - 16th-23rd March 2019 - every winter since 2008, Tignes have waved the rainbow flag, the emblem of the LGBT community (lesbian - gay - bi - trans). The resort is hosting once again the biggest gay ski week in Europe: the European Snow Pride, i.e. one week full of skiing and partying dedicated to the European LGBT community!
- Live in Tignes by Francofolies - 3 days of ski, sun and music - 16th-18th April 2019 - Tignes is hosting the 4th edition of the "LIVE IN TIGNES by FRANCOFOLIES" music festival! On the programme: 3 days of free concerts on the pistes and at the heart of the resort
Check the Tignes tourist office website for more exciting news: www.tignes.net
Tignes Restaurants, Après-ski and Bars
There is no shortage of restaurants or bars with nearly 60 of each to choose from in the Tignes area. There are also a few nightclubs. Places to eat with more atmosphere are to be found in Tignes Val Claret: Le Caveau, Petit Savoyard and La Pignatta. While Tignes Le Lac is a natural focus for immediate après-ski drinks.
Tignes (main altitude villages) has a bowling alley, 2 cinemas and over 200 shops including mini markets, a bakery, sports shops, clothing shops, banks, a post office, hairdressers and a doctor's surgery. Tobacconists, supermarket, post office, cash machine, tourist office, ice driving circuit.
Getting to Tignes Les Brevieres, France
Driving distance from Calais 625 miles to Tignes 9hrs 30
From Calais take the A26 motorway via Reims, Dijon and Maçon to Lyon A43/A430 to Albertville and then N90 via Moutiers. Take the (D902) from Bourg St. Maurice towards Tignes / Val D'Isere, then take the turning on the right to Tignes Les Brevieres.
Train to Bourg St Maurice. From here you can get a taxi to take you the last 20 miles up to Tignes.
Or www.altibus.com for bus transfer - 00 33 4 79 68 32 96
Bourg St Maurice train station private transfer. Pre-bookable via Peak Retreats. Please enquire.
Chambery is 135km from Tignes les Brevieres (1 ¾ hours)
Grenoble Airport is 204km from Tignes les Brevieres (2 ½ hours)
Lyon is 211km from Tignes les Brevieres (2 ½ hours)
Geneva is 214km from Tignes les Brevieres (2 ½ hours)
Public shuttle bus transfers from airports
Lyon Airport - Tignes les Brevieres (www.lys-altibus.com).
Geneva Airport - Tignes les Brevieres (www.coach-station.com).
Chambery Airport - Tignes les Brevieres via Moutiers (www.lys-altibus.com).
Tignes les Brevieres Airport Transfer
For pre-bookable private transfer rates with Peak Retreats, view here.
Getting around Tignes
Outdoor car park
- La Grande Motte, 750 places
Free outdoor car park
- Tignes les Brévières
- Tignes les Boisses
Staying in Tignes les Brevieres? Take the Brevieres chairlift for free to get to the bus stop in Tignes les Boisses. Just to make getting around the resort quick and easy, Tignes has developed its own free shuttle service: 21 stops from Tignes les Boisses to Tignes Val Claret Grande Motte (bus does not stop in Les Brevieres, hence why you take the chairlift).
Tignes Val d'Isere Opening Dates
From Saturday the 30th of November 2019 till Sunday the 3rd of May 2020
Please note that next winter, for the first time, Tignes & Val d’Isère have decided to close at the same date. A potential big “Tignes/Val d’Isère closing party” is to be announced later on…