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Ski report: gigantic. Highest ski resort in Europe. Great on-piste, great off-piste if powder, all above tree line. 300 km of trails including Val d’Isere. Can be a little chaotic given the masses of people visiting who ski once a year or less, but it’s big enough to spread out from the lifts. Would be a pleasant long stay, plenty to explore.

Lodging Areas

  • We almost stayed in Tignes 1500, and are glad we didn’t – it’s on the very edge of the ski area, in the shadow of the dam. It’s sunnier and more fun up in the higher towns, which all have slightly different personalities. 
  • Tignes Le Lac is more for families and younger partiers – very popular with British tourists/families. Our hotel, **Hôtel les Campanules, was rather charming. It’s not super high end, but recently remodeled, good staff, convenient location, good food. Small sauna and outdoor pool. It was definitely the nicest place we saw in the area, which is largely high rise condos from the 60s and budget family hotels.
  • Tignes Val Claret is a bit more reserved and adult-friendly, has a good-sized village and nice restaurants. At the shockingly high end of the pricing spectrum, there’s a massive Club Med.
  • Val d’Isere is the fanciest, lots of high end condos, apartments, hotels. One of the better shopping areas we’ve seen in a ski area, including the only Stöckli store in France and a huge Fusalp store.

Our impression is that Val d’Isere is the nicer place to stay – more fine dining and lodging options. We had a good drink on the piste above at Refuge de Solaise, which offers a spa, dining, and rooms. It’s probably more trouble than it’s worth to get your gear up the hill, but I’d try again for a meal. 

Food Options

  • ***Le Panoramic, up at the top of the funicular, is very good. Extensive wine list, carefully sourced meats. The setting is elegant. Book a late table for lunch and enjoy the sunset ride off the mountain after. Our second meal was just as good as the first, worth the steep price point!
  • **La Folie Douce Val d’Isere is not to be missed – dancing on tables, acrobats, a party that looks like it belongs in a movie. Every afternoon!
    • ***La Cucucina, one of several restaurants inside La Folie Douce, was great. Beautiful setting (“artist” themed), tasty Italian food, very high end.
  • **La Savouna 10.28 Erdinger is a newer restaurant on the slopes. Good for a mid-morning stop (good coffee, drinks), haven’t tried the food yet. Nice views and fairly spacious. Along similar lines, **L’empreinte Avaline has good views and a sunny patio, food recommended (Italian leaning).
  • In Tignes, **Restaurant Le Grattalu is a classic Savoyard chalet-style place. Cute setting, fondue and other winter classics, higher end.
  • Notable mention for **Auberge Le Perce Neige D’Alicia, between Les Arcs and Tignes – it’s a tiny family run place, with quite delicious food.