TRAIN TO TIGNES

If you can turn a blind eye to some of the brash architecture, Tignes offers quick, convenient access to high-altitude skiing, with slopes that are predominantly above 2,000 metres – and part of the huge Espace Killy.

Tignes has some excellent ski slopes. There's huge mileage for intermediates that challenge and off-piste for experts.

Such is the extent of the terrain that a week here will only scratch the surface. Although visually some of the architecture is a stark 1960s hangover, much of the accommodation has doorstep skiing, so the convenience may compensate.

There is, however, less tree skiing than one would ideally wish for – but Les Brevières has local wooded runs.

    • The villages at Tignes

      Tignes is made up of several of villages. The main hub is Tignes-le-Lac, and further up the valley is the prettier Val Claret. Meanwhile over at Tignes 1800, there is the new multimillion-euro Kalinda Village, a huge complex of upmarket apartments.

    • The slopes at Tignes

      Part of the huge 300km Espace Killy, shared with Val d'Isère, Tignes' lofty altitude is both an advantage and a disadvantage.

      The height of the skiing here makes this one of the most snowsure resorts in the Alps.

    • Tignes for families

      Much of the accommodation in Tignes is right by the slopes, making it convenient for families, and many of the residences have swimming pools.

    • Things to do in Tignes

      The recently built Le Lagon watersports complex at Tignes Le Lac has a huge indoor swimming pool with a wave machine and water slides. You can also try ice-skating on the lake itself, from 4pm to 8pm everyday.

    • Eating out in Tignes

      Head to the top of the Chaudannes lift to have lunch at Lo Soli, a handsome chalet-style restaurant whose sun terrace looks onto the Grande Motte Glacier.

    • Nightlife in Tignes

      You can enjoy the famous après ski at the Folie Douce in Val d'Isère before making your way back to Tignes.

      At Tignes-le-Lac, you'll find that the British-run Loop bar has a busy terrace and DJs and comedians to keep the entertainment flowing.

    • Where to stay in Tignes

      The resort has a huge range of self-catered residences, such as Jhana, Ferme du Val Claret, or over in Tignes le Lac, the popular Village Montana.

How to get the train to Tignes

Bourg St Maurice is the nearest Eurostar station.

By bus: around 65 minutes; Adults 12€, Youth (U26) 9.50€ (www.altibus.com)

By taxi: around 35-50 minutes; about 50€ , depending on the size of the taxi