Posted on 24 March 2012
Tignes le Lac is a very well-known resort in the French Alps, and is linked to Val D’Isere to form the Espace Killy ski area. It’s actually made up of three different resorts: Tignes le Lavachet, Tignes le Lac, and Val Claret.
The lowest resort is Tignes le Lavachet, while Tignes les Lac is right beside the lake. Val Claret is 2 km further up the valley, but Tignes les Lac is very much the centre of things, and enjoys the best access to the Espace Killy ski area.
The skiing in the area is excellent, there are several free lifts available for beginners and a number of very good ski and snowboard schools. Intermediates are well catered for with numerous blue and red runs, and advanced skiers will love this resort thanks to the many black runs and off piste skiing.
There is one Snowboard Park, and a total of 97 ski lifts, the highest of which is at 3,550 m. In fact it’s one of the highest ski resorts in the Alps, so it’s a great destination for virtually guaranteed good skiing late into the season. The resort has an excellent snow record, and more than 300 km of varied terrain.
Tignes le Lac is well situated for a short break, or even a long weekend, as it’s just two and a half hours away from Chambery, and four hours away from Geneva, Lyon and Grenoble. Cheap flights combined with low accommodation costs make this a very affordable skiing break. The area benefits from a lively après ski, and there’s plenty to do off and on the slopes.