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The ski area above the world famous resorts of Tignes and Val d'Isère is generally regarded as one of the world's best, with some regular skiers saying it's so good that there's no need to ski anywhere else.

Previously named after local celebrity Jean-Claude Killy, who won triple gold at the 1968 Winter Olympics, it's a vast area of some 10,000 hectares, with 300km of groomed pistes, extending over one of the biggest lift-served verticals on the planet – more than 2,000 metres of it.

Best known for its incredible freeriding terrain and world-class racing slopes (Val d'Isère is one of just a handful of resorts to have hosted World Cup, World Championships and Winter Olympic downhill races), there's also plenty of skiing for every ability level. You'll find well-designed nursery slopes, world-class terrain parks for freestylers and seemingly endless kilometres of wide, sunny blue and red pistes for holiday makers.

Both Tignes and Val d'Isère are world class resorts, of course, each with a good selection of bars, restaurants and shops. There's also accommodation ranging from budget up to four star in Tignes and right the way to super-luxury in Val d'Isère.

Things to do in Tignes

If you need a break from the slopes Tignes can offer watersports, ice-skating and even bungee jumping on skis.

Nightlife in Val d’Isère

Home to the original La Folie Douce bar, there is no shortage of wild parties and live acts on the slopes above Val d'Isère.

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