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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.

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