Thinking of taking the family on a Tignes ski holiday? Find out how you can make sure you plan the perfect break away.

 

 

Tignes is an ideal location for creating a wonderful ski holiday thanks to its many family-friendly resorts. As a snow-sure spot with stunning surroundings and plenty of fun activities on and off the slopes, it’s no surprise that hundreds of British families head to this area in the French Alps every year. It really does offer something for everyone, making it a prime base for adults with kids and anyone looking for an exciting ski or snowboard escape.

But we’re not talking about just enjoying a great week or two in Tignes. No – great won’t do. We want you to have the perfect ski break. In order to make this happen, we’ve shared our top tips on picking an unforgettable ski holiday, suitable for your entire family.

 

  1. Choose the right village in Tignes

 

There are 3 family-friendly villages in Tignes including Tignes Les Boisses, Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret, all of which have chalets that allow you to ski in and ski out. They’re also linked by a free local bus, making it easy to explore each area. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between these villages to help you determine which one is most suitable for your family.

Tignes Les Boisses

Les Boisses (1850m) is the quietest part of Tignes with a handful of bars and restaurants, making it ideal if you prefer a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The village is close to the ski lifts and offers a free bus service to the other villages every half an hour. There is also a high-speed bubble and a chairlift which takes you to ‘the eye of the needle’ rock formation above Le Lac in the Aiguille Percee area.

Rebranded as Tignes 1800, Les Boisses is also an up and coming area where lots of building work is taking place. It’s located amongst the trees and away from the hustle and bustle of the main Tignes resort. Just be aware that nightlife is limited here but you can take advantage of the free bus service and head over to another village for alternative entertainment. Although a quieter spot, Les Boisses still offers you plenty of summer and winter sports activities for all the family to enjoy.

Tignes Le Lac

At the very centre of the resort, you’ll find Tignes Le Lac (2100m), which is a hub for activity during both the summer and winter. It’s located right by the lake and is one of the most popular villages in the Tignes ski resort among families. Tignes Le Lac also provides easy access to the Espace Killy area and has a chairlift which takes you up the side of the mountains.

There is a massive wooden tourist office right in the heart of Tignes Le Lac which holds numerous events (including fireworks on New Year’s Eve) for tourists young and old.  When it comes to cafes, restaurants, bars and fast food outlets, you’re spoiled for choice in this village. You can also find lots of shops and supermarkets in Tignes Le Lac, as well as the only post office in the entire resort.

Val Claret

As the highest village in Tignes, Val Claret (2300m) is one of the most convenient places to stay and offers you fantastic skiing and direct links to the Grande Motte Glacier, Espace Killy and the whole of the ski area. There are heaps of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops in the village, making Val Claret an exciting and lively location.

Val Claret is actually set on two levels with the top being the main hub of the eateries and nightlife. The top level is also where you can find the Tufs chairlift. On the lower level, you have the Tichot chairlift that takes you up the Tignes side of the mountains. The bottom area is also level with the Funicular, which you can use to go up to the Grande Monte Glacier.

You just need to think about the type of atmosphere you’re after and whether your family would prefer to stay in a peaceful or buzzing village. If you have small children, Les Boisses might be a good option as there is less nightlife in the area. However, Le Lac and Val Claret are quite flat areas, making it easier for small children to get around. Wherever you decide to stay, it’s really easy to get around the Tignes resort, so there’s nothing stopping you from exploring each village at your own pace.

 

  1. Stay in a family-friendly chalet

 

 

Tignes is an ideal location for creating a wonderful ski holiday thanks to its many family-friendly resorts. As a snow-sure spot with stunning surroundings and plenty of fun activities on and off the slopes, it’s no surprise that hundreds of British families head to this area in the French Alps every year. It really does offer something for everyone, making it a prime base for adults with kids and anyone looking for an exciting ski or snowboard escape.

But we’re not talking about just enjoying a great week or two in Tignes. No – great won’t do. We want you to have the perfect ski break. In order to make this happen, we’ve shared our top tips on picking an unforgettable ski holiday, suitable for your entire family.

 

  1. Choose the right village in Tignes

 

There are 3 family-friendly villages in Tignes including Tignes Les Boisses, Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret, all of which have chalets that allow you to ski in and ski out. They’re also linked by a free local bus, making it easy to explore each area. Let’s take a look at some of the differences between these villages to help you determine which one is most suitable for your family.

Tignes Les Boisses

Les Boisses (1850m) is the quietest part of Tignes with a handful of bars and restaurants, making it ideal if you prefer a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. The village is close to the ski lifts and offers a free bus service to the other villages every half an hour. There is also a high-speed bubble and a chairlift which takes you to ‘the eye of the needle’ rock formation above Le Lac in the Aiguille Percee area.

Rebranded as Tignes 1800, Les Boisses is also an up and coming area where lots of building work is taking place. It’s located amongst the trees and away from the hustle and bustle of the main Tignes resort. Just be aware that nightlife is limited here but you can take advantage of the free bus service and head over to another village for alternative entertainment. Although a quieter spot, Les Boisses still offers you plenty of summer and winter sports activities for all the family to enjoy.

Tignes Le Lac

At the very centre of the resort, you’ll find Tignes Le Lac (2100m), which is a hub for activity during both the summer and winter. It’s located right by the lake and is one of the most popular villages in the Tignes ski resort among families. Tignes Le Lac also provides easy access to the Espace Killy area and has a chairlift which takes you up the side of the mountains.

There is a massive wooden tourist office right in the heart of Tignes Le Lac which holds numerous events (including fireworks on New Year’s Eve) for tourists young and old.  When it comes to cafes, restaurants, bars and fast food outlets, you’re spoiled for choice in this village. You can also find lots of shops and supermarkets in Tignes Le Lac, as well as the only post office in the entire resort.

Val Claret

As the highest village in Tignes, Val Claret (2300m) is one of the most convenient places to stay and offers you fantastic skiing and direct links to the Grande Motte Glacier, Espace Killy and the whole of the ski area. There are heaps of restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops in the village, making Val Claret an exciting and lively location.

Val Claret is actually set on two levels with the top being the main hub of the eateries and nightlife. The top level is also where you can find the Tufs chairlift. On the lower level, you have the Tichot chairlift that takes you up the Tignes side of the mountains. The bottom area is also level with the Funicular, which you can use to go up to the Grande Monte Glacier.

You just need to think about the type of atmosphere you’re after and whether your family would prefer to stay in a peaceful or buzzing village. If you have small children, Les Boisses might be a good option as there is less nightlife in the area. However, Le Lac and Val Claret are quite flat areas, making it easier for small children to get around. Wherever you decide to stay, it’s really easy to get around the Tignes resort, so there’s nothing stopping you from exploring each village at your own pace.

 

  1. Stay in a family-friendly chalet

 

 

Lots of family’s book catered chalets in Tignes year after year because they can’t get enough of the fantastic hospitality. As long as you book your chalet through a trusted company with excellent online reviews to back up the quality of service on offer, you will not be disappointed.

You also need to make sure your catered holiday includes child-friendly and adult-pleasing menus. From breakfast buffets and evening meals to snacks, soft drinks and unlimited wine and beer, choose a package that caters for one and all.

Catered chalets are best because you can:

  • Save money on eating out
  • Easily stick to your budget
  • Forget about cooking for the family
  • Experience new dishes and cuisines
  • Enjoy first class hospitality
  • Have a stress-free ski holiday

Basically, if you choose the right ski holiday company, you can have peace of mind that everything has been taken care of (including the flights, car parking and ski tuition) before arriving in Tignes.

 

  1. Pre-book your lift passes, ski hire equipment and ski school places

 

 

To save time and hassle, pre-book your ski holiday essentials before jetting off to Tignes. This way, you won’t have to worry about carrying around lots of cash and joining the long queues once you arrive. Some holiday companies that also offer catered chalet packages will even pre-book your lift passes, ski hire equipment and ski school places – and include this in the overall price of your stay.

If your family is new to skiing, then you’ll definitely need some lessons. It may be that you’re a good skier and your children are the beginners. Either way, it’s always best to spend a few days getting some lessons in the beautiful resort of Tignes. There are lots of different ski lesson packages available – but try and book classes with fewer ski learners for a more personalised experience and to ensure your family or children learn to ski a little quicker.

Bonus tip: Most beginners choose to learn to ski in the morning, so try and get afternoon lessons to avoid the ski school crowds.

  1. Book early

All the best family ski chalets in Tignes Les Boisses, Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret fill quickly, so you need to book your holiday early. The last thing you want is to settle for less desirable accommodation because you left it too late. You want the pick of the chalets and one that offers you the best value for money. Most parents who have been on many ski breaks book their holidays in Tignes up to a year in advance as they know the school holiday dates are an extremely busy time of the year.

 

  1. Have a night out without the kids

 

 

We know you love your children, but like we said earlier, this is your holiday too – and a chance to spend some quality time together as a couple. Besides, Tignes is full of amazing nightlife with each village having its own unique scene, and you do not want to miss out on all that now do you? No, we didn’t think so. Whether you like the sound of a quiet drink and a delicious meal or a full on party night, an evening out on your own can really make your ski holiday.

If your children are too young to take care of themselves, Tignes has several childcare options, from large childcare facilities to private nannies. To make life even easier, you can even arrange for a childcare professional to look after your kids in the comfort of your own chalet. There are always lots of options available to suit your family.

Don’t forget – if you’re staying in Tignes with another family, you could ask your friends to look after the kids for the night and return the favour on another evening to give them a break too.

That’s all folks

There you have it. Our top tips for ensuring a successful holiday in the glorious resort of Tignes. Just be sure to book early, pre-book your ski essentials and, without a doubt, stay in a catered chalet. You can also spend a little time doing some more research on the different villages to ensure you find the perfect location. And – whether you choose to have an evening out without the kids is entirely up to you but it would be a shame not to have a romantic or wild date night.

Thinking of booking your family ski holiday now? At SnowChateaux, our catered ski chalets are luxurious, super comfortable and feature everything you need for a memorable ski escape. We’re also dedicated to offering you the best value for money – so be sure to check out our amazing packages today.

 

  Barbara Thrall – Travel Blog Writer