Flights to Tignes
Tignes is a town and popular ski resort in the Rhone-Alps region of western France. Linked together with the equally famous Val d’Isere, this is a great place to come for winter sports, or to enjoy the scenery in the summer.
Unfortunately, there are no airports in the near vicinity for flights to Tignes so the next closest one is the Chambery-Savoie Airport (airport code: CMF). There are buses and shuttles for the 2 1/2 hour drive between Tignes and Chambery. Flights to Chambery usually have 2 connections when you travel from Johannesburg. Virgin Atlantic goes through Nairobi and London; South African Airways stops in Dubai and London, and you can also fly with Iberia to go to Madrid and London. Most flights to Tignes are 35 hours long.
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The Tourist Attractions of Tignes:
Unlike some French ski resorts Tignes doesn’t have as much charm, but this is because the original village was lost when a hydroelectric dam was built in the valley in 1952. A new village was built further up the mountain where it could take advantage of a natural skiing bowl, and the Grand Motte glacier, and so it was built in the 1960s. Today they’ve realised the buildings aren’t exactly what people want to see in a world class ski resort, and are making improvements, but at the end of the day it’s the skiing that counts to most tourists visiting Tignes, and there is some great skiing here after all!
Skiing in Tignes
Skiing is what most tourists visit Tignes for, and because it’s linked with Val d’Isere there’s plenty of excellent skiing to be found here. Both Tignes and Val d’Isere form the Espace Kily, a large skiing area that covers around 300 kilometres of pistes. Between them there are 154 runs with a good spread of difficulties. In addition there’s 44 kilometres of cross country trails if you want to try something different to downhill. Even more action can be found within the area’s two terrain parks, and there is not one, but two glaciers between Tignes and Val d’Isere.
Tignes is also located within the Tarentaise Valley, and it is home to the largest concentration of world class ski resorts in the world. Thuis means that within easy reach of Tignes you can also go to the Les Trois Vallees ski area, and Paradiski, which includes resorts like Meribel and Courcheval. Usually a lift pass for Tignes and the Espace Killy also includes a day’s pass to ski one day in these other two ski systems, so you can get to visit them in the price.
Summer in Tignes
Tignes isn’t just a winter resort though; it’s also open in the summer and offers some great mountain biking and hiking opportunities. The main resort lifts are open during the summer so that hikers and bikers can access the mountains, and there are eight marked trails to try out, ranging from easy to difficult.
When Should You Visit?:
Tignes is well known for a good covering of snow every winter, and of course you’d want to come in the winter for skiing. However, this isn’t necessarily the case because the there was a time when you could ski all year round in Tignes, on the Grand Motte glacier. Because this is now receding it’s closed for part of the year though.