TRANSFER TIME (approx): Chambery 2 hrs 30 mins
Grenoble 4 hours
Geneva 4 hours
LIFT PASS (2010/11): Local £179
Area £190 (low season)
£210 (high season)
PISTE FACTS: Longest Run: 10km
Total: 300km (Espace Killy)
Tignes offers some of the most challenging and extensive boarding anywhere. It is however popular with all abilities, and is a high altitude resort (3550m at its highest point) with great snow conditions all season. Together with Val d'Isere, the two resorts make up the Espace Killy area with around 300kms of piste, not to mention the extensive off piste.
For expert riders looking for fresh tracks, check out La Grande Balme - a long powder face which hosts world class freeride competitions. It is however prone to avalanches and should only be taken on by very experienced riders, preferably with a guide. In the Tignes and Val d'Isere area, boarders are spoilt for choice in terms of freestyle as well. There are 2 parks with a great variety of features to hit, and a half pipe.
With plenty to do after you get off the slopes as well, you are sure to have a great time here, whether you are going for a week or a season.
Lively apres ski to be found here with a good choice of bars. The main resort is made up of three areas - Le Lac, Le Lavachet and Val Claret. All the villages have a number of shops, restaurants and bars. There are also a great number of other activities if you want a day off your board (unlikely!) or have some energy left in the evening - ice rink, bowling alley, cinema, ice karting, ice diving and sports centre with squash courts, tennis courts and jacuzzi.