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Tignes

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The Escape Killy area ski map. A PDF version is avaliable off site

Tignes is a famous resort in French Alps linked to Val D'Isere.

Get in & out

The nearest train station is Bourg-Saint-Maurice, which is served by TGV and local services. In the winter months, additional services operate; Eurostars direct from London, Thalys trains from Europe, and the ski train sleeper from Paris. This is some 35km away however, so coach services provide the onward connection; the journey takes about 1 hour 15 minutes in good weather.

Get around

The village itself is fairly compact, and the use of cars is now being discouraged. The slopes are accessed direct from the village level ski lifts amd cable cars; there are some 90 lifts in total!

See

The bleak architecture in the town has somewhat detracted from the atmosphere in the past, but the situation is now improving. Of course, the views of the Alps from the resort are spectacular. It is partly for this reason that Tignes is not only a winter resort for skiing, but a summer one for hiking.

Do

Winter Sports

View from Le Grande Motte

Tignes is in the "Espace Killy" skiing area, which means that just one pass is needed for access to the slopes around Tignes, Val-Claret and Val D'Isere; for the 2006/7 season, a six-day pass will cost €180 (£135; $220).

The resort has some 2300km of pistes, of which 26km are served by snowmaking equipment. 15% are green, 46% blue, 27% red and 12% black. The resort is always renowned for the amount of snow it gets, though - a forecast of "rain up to 2000m" means snow to village level, ie fresh snow on all pistes.

Summer Sports

Hiking

The resort is also much suited to hiking; in summer, the snow at ground level has disappeared and the Sun can actually be quite pleasant.

Buy

Ski equipment and rental is avaliable, as is hiking equipment in Summer.

Eat

Tignes is not renowned for its apres, but the situation is improving.

Drink

Sleep

There are several hotels, appartment rentals and chalets avaliable in the village, up to 4 star standard.

Get out

For major shopping etc, Geneva, Switzerland is about 2 hours away in car, 4 by train. Lyon is about 4 hours by car, 4 hours by train. For lesser needs, Bourg-Saint-Maurice has a cinema and outdoor and indoor swimming pool.

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