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Resort guide to Tignes-Les-Brevières - France

Small, charming village resort at the base of the Tignes dam

Tignes-Les-Brevières resort guide - a general overview

Tignes-Les-Brevières is a delightful village resort at the base of the famous Tignes' dam. It is connected into the huge Espace Killy ski area via a gondola and then a chairlift. These lifts would take you to above Tignes Le Lac from where you can ski down to the main lifts of Tignes and then on to Val d'Isere. Given the location on the extremity of ski system this resort is best used either as a base for experienced skiers, who can cover the ground quickly, or for complete beginners. There is an excellent nursery slope just a few minutes' walk from the centre of the village and located at the foot of the main slopes. This is served by a drag lift.

The old, traditional centre is tucked in a sheltered position within the steep sided Isere valley the village does not get direct sunlight until mid-way through the season when the sun is higher in the sky. However, there is an undeniable charming resort atmosphere (despite the lack of sunlight) and clients return year after year. There are plenty of modern chalets that are strung up the sunny side of the valley situated above the resort centre. These new build chalets are high enough to benefit from direct afternoon sun and the luxury chalets developed by Guerlain Chicherit make full use of their sunlit location.

Resort stats

300km

1,550m - 3,488m

Level of skiing

Beginners
Intermediates
Experts
Snow sure
Off-piste
Ski area

Qualities

Charm factor
Non-skiers
Nightlife
Resort layout
Fine dining
Short transfer
Resort value

Pros

  • Charming village atmosphere with a few good restaurants
  • Huge terrain area suitable for all levels
  • One of the best lift systems in the world accessesing huge areas of off piste terrain
  • Good value chalet accommodation - perfect for keen skiers looking for a cheap base

Cons

  • Run to the resort is narrow in places and can get icy in poor snow conditions
  • Long lift links to get into the main Tignes ski area
  • The transfer up the main Tarentaise Valley can be long on peak dates and in bad weather

Tignes (Les Brevieres) Resort Restaurants

Many people will ski all the way over from Val d'Isere for a lunch in Tignes-Les-Brevières. It is well worth the journey as there is an excellent selection of restaurants, most managed by local families with plenty of passion for their trade. We recommend L'Armailly, Sachette, Le Bachal and Etoile des Neiges especially. Most of the menus have the Savoyard favourites such as fondue, raclette (wheel of cheese!) and Pirard (meats cooked on stone) but there is plenty more to offer.

Tignes (Les Brevieres) Mountain Restaurants

For a French resort the mountain restaurants of Tignes (and Val d'Isere) area are pretty good. The Alpage (self-service) and Lo Soli (table service) at the top of the Chaudannes chair from Tignes Le Lac are good. The restaurant at the top of Toviere is a good mid-morning/afternoon pit stop (crowded at lunchtime). The Panoramic restaurant at the foot of the Grand Motte cable car is perfectly OK especially in warmer, sunnier weather when the large deck comes into its own. The restaurant under the Montana hotel is a good find, serving traditional Savoyard food.

Tignes (Les Brevieres) Apres Ski

There are quite a few bars which get lively enough - especially with the Six Nations on and the shots flying!

Tignes (Les Brevieres) Nightlife

For a small village there is actually a reasonably good selection of bars to frequent. La Moose and Dickie's Bar are all fairly lively and offer a traditional atmosphere.

Tignes (Les Brevieres) Resort Map

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  • Drag lift 9649c8f20eb92153651608a16dced21b25b21acd3ad6ca90cea261c90ea44648 Drag lift
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