Tignes

The resort itself sits at a high altitude of 2,100m. Making it one of the most snow-sure resorts in France. Aka, more snow and more time to ski!  

It’s located in the ski area of Espace Killy in France which links to the neighboring resort of Val d’Isère. With over 300km of pistes to explore, there’s a large variety of terrain to practice every type of skiing (off-piste, bumps, carving and more.)

It’s also worth noting that it’s one of the cheaper resorts to live in, which will help you to keep costs low whilst you train.

Our Ski Instructor Courses

  • Val d’Isere Performance & Adventure Course
  • 09/01/22 – 19/03/22
  • £8,000

  • BASI Level 2 FastTrack
  • 20/03/2022 – 17/04/2022
  • £3,750

The Skiing

On the Slopes

We like to start off the morning with a quick warmup on Palafour. It’s perfect to get the legs ready for a day of training, and it’s sunny which is always a bonus to keep you warm on a fresh morning.
On-Piste
When we’re practicing our teaching we tend to stick to the beginner areas, as that’s the correct terrain for the level you will be examined on in BASI 1 & 2. Le Lac has a great beginner’s area with a magic carpet and drags lift. With the Rosset chair nearby once your group is ready to move up a level.

But it’s not all teaching and snowplowing in the beginner’s area. We believe the best skiers are those that are adaptable. If you can ski on any terrain consistently, then you’re a boss. With bumps, off-piste, and variables in the BASI syllabus, with some training, you will be able to tackle anything the mountain throws at you.

La Face, the famous black run in Val d’Isère is a must if you’re up for a challenge. It’s pretty epic. Another great on-piste challenge is Trolles, which takes you straight back down into Le Lac.

Off-Piste

If shredding pow and drawing your own lines in the snow is more your style. We make sure there’s plenty of time for that. If we’ve got teaching planned but it’s a powder day, we’re super flexible and we’ll make sure we always make the most of the conditions. So it will be a quick WhatsApp message to the group in the morning to swap your planned lessons for powder skis and avalanche backpacks.

Golf is a firm favourite amongst our training teams. It’s a great un-pisted itinerary run which will leave your thighs burning. It’s all good training! Then there’s Chardonnay bowl or Sache Valley to explore too. It could be here that you’ll get to practice taking your new avalanche kit.

Remember, you should never ski off-piste without the correct kit and expertise. Always Respect the Mountain.

Val d'Isère Piste Map
Click on the image to download a high res piste map of Tignes and The Espace Killy straight to your phone.

Off – Snow

Eating Out

La Croissanterie du Lac (€) – A fun mix of a bakery/snack bar/bar and it works. Great for quiches, coffees and other lunch goodies.

Brasserie L’Arbina (€€) -At Le Lac in the centre of Tignes, offering fondues and good pizzas at a reasonable price for the location.

Chevallot Bakery (€€) (an export of Val d’Isère’s famous bakery) to enjoy beautiful quiche’s, sandwiches and pastries. There is limited seating inside but further seating on the decking to enjoy views of Le Lac if it’s sunny.

La Cantine (€€)– Tasty toastie and soup café in Le Lavachet. Comforting warm food and
great coffee just a short ski or a bus ride from Le Lac.

Tignes Cuisine (€€) – Offers tasty burritos packed full of energy.


Apres & Nightlife

Marmot Arms – In Tignes Le Lac, this is a great spot to watch sports games and drink draft beer. They often have live music or DJs so you can stay there all evening.

Cocorico – A recent addition to Tignes, head to the bottom of lanches in Val Claret to dance on the tables to live music!

Queue de Cochon – In Le Lavachet is a go-to place for great happy hour deals on prosecco and pints as well as their mouth-watering pulled pork rolls. In the evening it offers a delicious menu and often has live music to accompany your post-dinner espresso martini!

The Box – The TCs Bar replacement in Lavachet, Box Café Bar is an intimate bar that offers live DJs, sport and the Yard of Ale challenge! They even offer a beautiful brunch if you’re struggling the next day!

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Other Resorts To Consider

If Tignes doesn’t float your boat, you can find us in Meribel and Verbier too.