Tignes Town Centre

Tignes is often regarded as the slightly more serious older brother to its lively neighbour Val d’Isere but is successfully rebranding itself with an ultra cool image. It now hosts the X Games and a mega New Years Eve party. The resort attracts keen skiers more likely to be pushing through till last lift than indulging in an early après but there is still some great nightlife to be found if you know where to look. 

Skiing started in Tignes as far back as 1920 although the original village fell foul of a hydroelectric dam in 1952 and is now submerged under lake Chevril. The Tignes which you see today is a purpose built ski resort designed with functionality rather than form in mind. Tignes has a slightly concrete feel but what it lacks in charm it makes up for in efficiency. Transport and lift systems are well laid out and effective and a there is a good range of services is on offer.

The resort is actually divided into three main areas set in a vast snowy bowl – Val Claret, Le Lac and Lavachet – although separate they are very well linked and moving between the three is easy. The UCPA centre is located in Val Claret (the highest of the three at 2100m) which acts as a hub for the resort with many of the lifts, shops and bars located here including the funicular to the Grand Motte glacier.

Tignes Nightlife

While not it’s most famous attribute the nightlife in Tignes is still superb with a great après ski atmosphere. There are a number of good bars and clubs in all three areas hosting different events and live music, the UCPA bar is a great place to start and they can recommend where to go from there.  

Things to do

If you fancy a break from skiing there are plenty of other things to keep you occupied in Tignes.

  • Cinema
  • Le Lagon indoor water park
  • Ice climbing
  • Ski joering
  • Dog sledding
  • Ice driving with Subaru Imprezas
  • Ten pin bowling
  • The Grotte de Glace on the Grand Motte Glacier

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Best For: Keen skiers/boarders
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Nearest Airport: Geneva (220km), Chambery (130km)
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Fun Fact: You can ski for 10 months of the year in Tignes!
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  • We all appreciate that we are inside one of those perfect moments, heightened by the expectation of another afternoon riding the perfect, untracked powder that our instructor...
    Matt J
  • There is always a range of ages, nationalities, mixtures of solo travellers, couples, groups etc. We have booked as a group of 6, a group of 36 (no joke) and even just me and my boyfriend – it works for all.
    Anna R
  • The food offers great variety, choice (several options each night), quantity (as much as you want) and quality is decent (7/10). Cheese and yoghurts coming out of your ears, packed lunch option, afternoon...
    Anna R
  • Lunch and dinner were epic. Buffet style with delicious and varied options each day and night. Not cheap foods either - Full roast chickens, ribs, roast beef, etc. Unreal!
    Ron H
  • No matter how hard you try, when you book everything separately (especially with the Euro and price of food at the moment), you will never beat UCPA.
    Anna R
  • The food is PHENOMENAL at UCPA – brilliant for those with eyes bigger than their belly. 
    Asim A
  • UCPA is a unique and brilliant experience, I would not describe it as a hotel but also not hostel it is somewhere in-between. Its a place where meeting people and making friends...
    Peter E
  • The lift pass is amazing. It didn’t cover just Tignes, but all of Espace Killy. The pass alone was 228 euro if bought on its own. 
    Ron H


Reviews 1 to 10 of 14

Tignes |

I spent the New year in Tignes at the UCPA and had an amazing time. It was my first time at UCPA but do enamoured that I immediately booked a second trip for February.

Tignes |

I recently stayed at the Tignes (Val Claret) UCPA centre and had the best weeks skiing ever. I booked through the Action Outdoors website which was pretty straight forward. This was my first time in a UCPA centre and I was travelling with my girlfriend and four friends – a mix of skiers and boarders ranging in experience from complete beginner to ex-seasonaires. On arrival after a long coach journey we were greeted by a cheerful and  welcoming team at the UCPA centre who gave us the lowdown on the arrival procedures. The centre was extremely well organised and helpful staff made the task of checking in/booking onto lessons/collecting lift pass and equipment so much easier than I have experienced in any other resort.

Tignes | Snowboard Half Time

This was my fifth UCPA trip via Action Outdoors.  And each time I booked I hardly had any issues.  If I had any questions, Action Outdoors emailed back very swiftly with helpful answers.  The only thing that I could make a point on this trip was that we weren't told of any transfer details from the airport to the resort until I had to call the bus operators (Ben's buses in this case) directly.  All the other times, we were texted the transfer details and didn't have much of a problem.  The info on Action Outdoors page was very thorough and informative.  The only point I could make on the website is that when we try and log in to our group page by logging in as opposed to clicking the link from the email, it was quite difficult to locate it, in fact I don't think I ever located the group page by logging in - I think I had to search for my Action Outdoors email each time to click the link.

Tignes | Snowboard Full Time

Where do I start. Excellent from start to finish. The value for money is uncanny. I stayed in Tignes at the UCPA resort. From the moment I stepped of the plane it was seamless. The UCPA chalet was really good value for money and just as I expected. Unfortunately I was injured on my second day. The tuition I had up until that point was 1st class. The staff at the resort were so helpful and knowledgeable. I called a outdoor activities representative whilst abroad and they were very sympathetic and helpful and their response and expertise made my claim seamless. All in all I was injured but still has a memorable holiday. Thank you thank you action outdoors. I will be booking with you again and cannot sing you praises enough to my friends.

Tignes | Beginners Ski Full Time

First time on a pair of skis for me and I had a brilliant time! The centre was perfect - ski to the door, great facilities and friendly staff. As for the skiing, I couldn't believe how quickly we all progressed! We moved from snow plow on the baby slope on day one to parallel turns on a blue run on day 4 and finished the week with what seemed like a giant leap into an airbag in the snowpark! I just need to get booking my next trip with action outdoors for Christmas. I'm very pleased that I opted for the full time lessons, I was able to take a couple of sessions out to ski with friends - a perfect combo.

Tignes | Snowboard Half Time

I chose to stay at the Tignes resort after reading some reviews online and would do it again. The UCPA centre is walking distance from the lifts and you can also get a bus from outside the centre and get to various other lifts in 10min (buses are free and run every 10min, which is pretty handy!).

Tignes | Ski Half Time

Overall, I have to say that I very much enjoyed my week's skiing at the UCPA in Tignes. The main positives of the trip were: the friendly people at the resort, the delicious all-you-can-eat food, the great help at the ski shop and the fact that the ski-lifts were very near the UCPA centre.  The accommodation was comfortable enough, albeit it the beds were very narrow, like army cots. Also, the fact that we had to share one toilet and shower among eight people was inconvenient at times. Some of my friends were very happy with the standard of instruction during ski lessons. I thought my instructor was only average. She could have been a little more eager to help. She was a little laissez faire and didn't provide much feedback on how we were getting on with technique and how we could improve.  However, these complaints are minor, when I consider the experience overall, which was very good. I'd definitely be interested in going on another UCPA holiday!

Tignes, Chamonix, Les Deux Alpes |

All 3 resorts provide continuity and meet expectations. It's so refreshing to have an organisation in which really is in it for the SNOW! Affordable, hassle free and a fantastic all round experience catered via, amazing food, comfortable accommodation, excellent equipment. Finally the instructors are patient and great teachers. I don't want to write a long review because I could go on forever!

Tignes |

I did enjoy my holiday in Tignes. It's a challenging resort with many runs a bit tougher than their colour rating but there are certainly plenty of them to choose from and as well as Tignes, you also have all the Val d'Isere runs on offer so there was plenty to do in a week.

Tignes | Ski Full Time Beginners

It was my first time spending the ski season in the French Alps so I was really looking forward to the whole package that had been provided by Action Outdoors. Upon arrival I noticed that the accommodation was quite cosy. Even though it wasn't fancy and only had the bare necessities it was more than enough to make my week's stay quite enjoyable. I especially enjoyed the lunches and dinners as the food was varied every night and there was always an amazing spread!

Reviews 1 to 10 of 14