Tignes Travel Guide

  • The French Alpes
    The French Alpes
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    Sam
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  • And than her smile - simply gorgeous
    And than her smile - simply gorgeous
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Tignes Things to Do

  • Relaxion after a hard day on the slopes

    Im sure that anyone that has ever hit the slopes, be it on skis or on a board, can agree with me when i say you end up aching. I could barely move my arms and shoulders after the countless hours of trying to get up on my heel edge from the floor. You get to the stage when all you want is that nice relaxing bath, the problem is not very many places...

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  • Tignes ski resort

    Due to its altitude Tignes has a very reliable snow record which, after recent seasons of reduced snowfall, has encouraged people to choose higher mountain resorts. According to 'The good Ski & Snowboarding Guide 2005' Tignes/Val d'Isere is one of only two ski areas in France listed as 'Snow-sure resorts'.The Famous Kelly skipist and in general...

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  • Skiing / Snowboarding

    Things to do in Tignes?! Skiing, snowboarding, walking..... just to have fun and great days on the snow!

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Tignes Restaurants

  • Hot rocks!

    Apparently it is a local custom to put a large piece of granite in the oven overnight until it is searingly hot, then cook assorted raw meats on it. A fun and sociable evening that is involved and rewarding. The beef is good as it can be as rare as you like, but the prawns can be pretty messy.

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  • Try the Clocherade - difficult !

    La Bouida is a typical Savioie restaurant situated on the end of a downhill piste in Tignes Les Bevireres - they serve food all day (mainly benefitting from the lunchtime trade of people skiing over the mountain from nearby Tignes). Evenings are a different affair though - if you are staying in Les Brevieres and you want something appetizing,...

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Tignes Transportation

  • Eurostar/TGV

    When I got to Bourg St Maurice, I found out that you can now get to Tignes by Eurostar/TGV from London/Paris, so great! I saw Eurostar advertising some packaged deals for this new offer.Take a coach from Bourg St Maurice to Tignes Val Claret or Tignes Le Lac (where there is a bigger tourist office - Maison du Tignes/Tignes House) and you will be...

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  • Chairlift up the mountain

    The Espace Killy is in the process of updating its chairlifts, many of the higher up ones are exposed to biting winds and extreme cold, and they don't have shelter bubbles. The pistes at the top of the mountain are certainly worth the hardship, but it will nearly kill you getting there unless you have a neoprene face mask!

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  • Why walk or get the bus?

    Walking from place to place in the snow is no fun. Well to be honest its really hard work actually. You might like to feel the burn in your calves and feel the sense of achievement at the end of the day, but i'd much rather get about without all the effort.So equipped with a lift pass and a plank of wood the world (well Tignes), is your oyster.Yes...

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Tignes Local Customs

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    by Luchonda Updated Apr 18, 2006

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    Skiing with her parents in the French ski resort, enjoying the ski station Savoie Alpes
    Tignes enjoys all the skiing attributes of Val d'Isere, as they combine to make up the L'Espace Killy. The 300km of marked pistes cover all abilities and provide greatly varied mountain terrain.
    The skiing in Tignes is simply fast, and with several free lifts for beginners helping the excellent local ski and snowboard schools.
    I have to admit, i never went there because skiing is not my favourite journey.
    But i like to show VT members some recommended places of skiing

    Sam Kim and Sam Sam & Fred Fred-Sam and Maarten; the clown
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Tignes What to Pack

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    by Sam_Hall Written May 7, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layers, Layers, Layers. It is a lot better to wear three lighter tops than a big jumper. You might look daft but it keeps the cold out.

    You also might like to think about take a spare change of clothes with you and leaving them in the car (If you have one). Ive been soaked through too many times without a dry set of clothes and its not the nicest feeling ever.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Never hit the slopes without a sufficient supply of painkillers about your person. You might not need them but you never know when someone else in extreme pain might be so gratefull just for a paracetamol.

    Do not forget to pack a high factor sun cream. Just because its cold it doesnt mean you dont need it. A friend in April burnt all over his face and apparently it hurt.

    Photo Equipment: Depending on you level on the slopes you might be able to take a high quality camera out with you. If you are likely to fall over lots then there are now disposable cameras which have a rubber outer and are water resistant. Just the job for all the beautifull sunsets

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Tignes Sports & Outdoors

  • Piste "Sache"

    Slope Sache is among special delicacies of the ski area. In my opinion, on of the most thrilling and interesting, and passes natural reserve. The slope begins with narrow steep bumpy pass. Then there is a flat area after which you can turn to the right and leave for blue slope “Echappatoire”. Perhaps it is easier, but you will miss the most...

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  • Le S.P.O.T.

    Le S.P.O.T. is declared as freeride zone “only for very good off-piste skiers”. But I saw there enough beginners even with children. So, I’m sure you’ll manage with it ;)

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  • Ski the Grande Motte

    The Grande Motte stands at an impressive 3656 m and is actually a glacier. This means to all those that dont know is that you can ski all year round. Unfortunately this year it is closed from May 12th to June 20th inc. I believe this is for maintenence or something.One of the draw backs though is because of its height, if the skis are not...

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Tignes Favorites

  • Natural photo frame

    There is a nice place for photo shooting just between chairlifts Aiguille Percee and Marais. There is a hole in the rocks and it looks like a frame for photo ;)

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  • TIGNES & VAL CLARET

    With over 100 lifts and a high altitude the Val d'Isere / Tignes complex is one of the best in the world. Lots of powder skiing. Runs are LONG and with lots of vertical drop. It is recommended that you stay in Val Claret as it is the highest village. Val Claret is a bit sleepy but this place is for serious skiers . You do not have to plan your day...

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  • TIGNES & VAL CLARET

    With over 100 lifts and a high altitude the Val d'Isere / Tignes complex is one of the best in the world. Lots of powder skiing. Runs are LONG and with lots of vertical drop. It is recommended that you stay in Val Claret as it is the highest village. Val Claret is a bit sleepy but this place is for serious skiers . You do not have to plan your day...

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