Tignes isn't really a winter sports resort. It's an (almost) all year round winter wonderland, as the snow cover here is so good that the highest slopes only close for 10 weeks of the summer. Tignes is purpose built, and they picked a wonderful spot, sharing the monster Espace Killy ski area with Val d'Isere. In the beautiful Tarentaise Valley, in Savoie in south-east France, the designers of Tignes found a perfect perch for their collection of resort villages. Branding itself as the sportiest ski resort, Tignes certainly does offer world-class skiing for all abilities, but it has a lot more besides.
Tignes is a collection of five resort centres clambering up a stunning mountain scape in some of the best skiing terrain in the world. There's no way around it: some of Tignes could be called ugly. Back in the 1960s, characterless blocks were the height of architectural fashion. That's changed of course, and newer accommodation is much prettier. The village split makes for quieter centres with more family-friendly restaurants and bars than world-class nightlife. But people come to Tignes to ski, and for that it’s hard to beat.