Espace Killy - Val D’Isère and Tignes Ski Stats: 78 ski lifts, 154 prepared trails, 300 kilometers of skiing
Skiing from 1550-3465 meters
Val D’Isere summit 11,339’ Tignes Summit 11,319’
Skiing on Two Glaciers Ski Photos of Val D'Isere Tignes Val D’Isère offers legendary skiing in the French Alps. The ski region
is now marketed as L’Espace Killy – including neighboring Tignes ski resort,
named after the famed French ski racer Jean Claude Killy. Linked together by
multiple lifts, Val D’Isère Tigne offers skiers tons of terrain, high elevation
skiing on two big glaciers, plenty of prepared (groomed) trail skiing, pus loads
of high level off-piste terrain to explore. The two ski resort of Val D’Isère
and Tigne couldn’t be more different, and their skiing has distinct variety as
Val D’Isère was host to the Olympic Downhill in 1992, and you can ski the steep
long face of Bellevard dropping precipitously to the village, or explore the
more mellow undulating fun ski flanks of Solaise and Vallons areas to skiers
left. Tignes offers the highest alpine skiing here on La Grand Motte, glacier
skiing reached by a big super scenic tram, you can stay on the one prepared run
down just admiring the amazing Alps scenery, or ski untracked off-piste natural
snow in open bowls or steeper chutes for an adventure just off the groomed
slopes. You can scare yourself silly here in all this high alpine high risk
terrain, or hire a guide to be on the safe side. Val D’Isère has some amazing
off-piste runs too – including the Grand Vallon. Be sure to ski all the way to
Tignes far skiers left – to Aiguille Percée– the ski landscape here is desert
and the rock formations surrounded by snow are other-worldy. Tigne also has
plenty of terrain parks.
The ski lifts at Tignes and Val D’Isère range from big trams and modern gondolas
and couch-size chairs to older funiculars that tunnel up inside the mountain.
Similarly the architecture of the two interconnected ski resorts vary greatly.
Val D’Isere is charming, a 13th century alpine village, and the authenticity
shows right down to the old stone church and its steeple. Classic wood chalets,
old and new, line the village streets leading to Val D’Isere’s pubs, ski shops
and chic boutiques, and a few five star hotels.
Tignes meanwhile is not so historic or harmonious, it looks like the ski village
was built in a rush to accommodate the 1992 Olympics, towering condo style
bunkers – which are no longer modern looking, are the theme at Tignes. So we
recommend you stay in the more authentic ski village of Val D’Isere, since you
can easily ski back and forth from one to another.
For a lively late lunch and a taste of the après ski scene, reserve a table
outdoors at La Fruitiere restaurant on the slopes at the top of the Bellevard
gondola. around 2. You will witness the neighboring bar rollls out their
ridiculous daily dancing and drinking show - La Folie Douce – as skiers stream
in, drink to excess, dance and sing – its crazy French après ski – thankfully
with the option to download the gondie for those that get carried away at après.
In the village of Val D’Isère there are plenty of great pubs for drinks, Moris
if you need an English fix for example. For an authentic Savoyard dinner of Raclette or Fondue, go to Les Corniches, or more traditional plates – Les Cinq