With km of runs and such a long season, Tignes really does have something for everyone, but intermediate and advanced skiers are especially served. Together, they offer km of pistes at altitudes of to metres. Alone, Tignes is made up of several small lift-linked hamlets. A cable car, 24 chairlifts and 19 drag lifts get skiers to the top of the pisted slopes kilometres in all. There are also several blue runs here, more suited to less experienced skiers. There are also some easier pistes here, especially the blue runs around the Palafour lift.
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With km of runs and such a long season, Tignes really does have something for everyone, but intermediate and advanced skiers are especially served. Together, they offer km of pistes at altitudes of to metres. Alone, Tignes is made up of several small lift-linked hamlets. A cable car, 24 chairlifts and 19 drag lifts get skiers to the top of the pisted slopes kilometres in all.
There are also several blue runs here, more suited to less experienced skiers. There are also some easier pistes here, especially the blue runs around the Palafour lift. If you are staying in this sector, though, you will find intermediate and advanced runs, ranging from blue to black. There is however two red escape routes if you decide that Sache is too difficult once you begin.
You can go directly there via the Tichot and Grattalau lifts from Val Claret, via the Boisses lift, or by taking the Sache and the Marais lifts.
This one tends to be less crowded in the mornings, so you may want to start your day here and work your way down the slopes to the other areas of the mountain. Tignes also proposes nine naturides, which are marked black pistes that are left ungroomed.
The goal is to give skiers the same sensations as off-pisting skiing, but with a greater degree of security. These runs are ideal for advanced skiers looking to train before freeriding in the wild. Family skiing Tignes offers plenty of opportunities for beginner and intermediate skiers, as well as families with young kids. The Tignes ski area includes special "ski tranquil" zones with wide pistes that are not very steep.
These are either green or blue, and offer the ideal area for learning to ski, skiing with kids, or just getting you ski legs ready for something more challenging after many months away. Another suggestion is to take the Palafour lift from Tignes le Lac and then choose between the three blue runs at the top. All of them are wide and gentle and would be good for anyone with just a little ski experience.
For longer blue runs, take the Bollin chairlift out of Val Claret. However, this one can get quite busy at the top, as two other lifts also drop skiers here. If you are afraid of running into other skiers as everyone makes their way to their slope, you may want to avoid this one, at least in the afternoons. By midday, the piste becomes bumpy as well, so this is definitely a better morning run. This park is reserved for freestylers who are still learning their tricks. It includes a mini boardercross, an obstacle course, a parallel slalom, whoop gap, and a jump and rail area.
The park is divided into colour-coded levels with green, blue, and red zones to help riders find modules best suited to their skills. In , the green zone included three tables and four hoops. The blue area included seven rails, three tables, and a Swatch mogul with table. The red area offered one rail and three tables. At the Swatch Snowpark, skiers and boarders also have the opportunity to film their exploits thanks to the Shoot My Ride system.
When you head through the park, a video camera records your jumps and the video is sent to the Swatch website, so that your friends can see your jump from anywhere in the world. Then at the end of each week, the best jumper wins a Swatch watch.
Tignes is a brilliant choice to learn to ski. New skiers and snowboarder can save money by using one of the 8 free lifts available to perfect their first turns. Claret ski lift, Bollin chair lift in Tignes Val Claret. Intermediate and expert skiers and snowboarders will love the huge choice of pistes in Tignes. With high altitude skiing, long runs, multiple villages and varied terrain, Tignes is a dream playground for any experienced rider. Tignes Val Claret in the distance and Le Lac in the foreground 5.
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