The Curling is an excellent value Xtra Chalet in classic Tignes style (ie. not so pretty on the outside, but warm and welcoming on the inside!) It is set in a superb position right in the centre of Tignes-Val Claret and close to the resort’s main pistes and lifts.
The Tufs chairlift and ski school meeting point are just 2 minutes’ walk away, and from here you can also ski the short distance to a choice of chairlifts, and the base of the funicular taking you straight up to the 100% guaranteed snow of the Grande Motte glacier. You can ski back on piste to within 200m of the hotel, and guests generally ski along the path right back to the Chalet door – a welcome bonus at the end of your day’s skiing.
The comfortable bedrooms all have en suite bath with separate wc, plus a balcony with views across Tignes and the spectacular surrounding mountain peaks, and there are triple and quad rooms also available. The hotel has a new owner this year, who is working closely with us and investing to upgrade the style and comfort of both the guest rooms and the public areas, ready to welcome our first Inghams guests.
The cosy dining-room has a large bay window overlooking the centre of Val Claret, and the comfortable lounge area will have its own dedicated bar exclusively for resident guests only. As with our popular Chalet Hotel Les Grangettes in Méribel, we also run a public bar on the lower-ground floor, with its own separate access from the street, and well insulated from the guest bedrooms, which are all two floors or more away from the bar.
- Daily continental buffet breakfasts with occasional hot options
- Afternoon teas on 6 days
- 3-course evening meals including wine on 6 days
At a glance:
- High altitude skiing & guaranteed snow
- Huge ski area, linked with Val d’Isère
- Shorter transfers from Chambéry Airport
Tignes, with its Grande Motte glacier, is Val d’Isère’s “other half” – between them these two superb ski areas make up the world famous Espace Killy ski area, named after France’s best known Olympic skier, Jean-Claude Killy.
Tignes, famed for its unbeatable snow record as well its excellent skiing for intermediates and experts, comprises three main villages, all interlinked by an excellent 24 hour free bus service.
Val Claret at 2100m has a superb position right at the foot of the Grande Motte funicular. Le Lac and Le Lavachet have a more cosy village feel to them and also offer easy access to the slopes and over to Val d’Isère. All the villages have a great selection of shops, bars and restaurants and a lively, friendly buzz about them. In the unlikely event of indifferent snow – and you’d have to be pretty unlucky to encounter snow problems at this altitude – the glacier always comes to the rescue!
- Ski area: 300 km
- Runs: 87 Blue 41 Red 26 Black
- Longest run: 10 Km
- Snowparks: 1 snowpark
- Lifts: Drag lifts 36, Chairlifts 45, Cable-cars 4, Gondolas 4
- Slope direction: N,E,S,W
- Ski/resort bus: FREE between villages and runs all night between the upper villages.
Beginners skiing in Tignes
There is a separate nursery slope at Le Lac.
An ideal area, providing a wide choice of long blue and red runs: those on the Grande Motte glacier give spectacular views of the whole valley. An intermediate skier can usually ski Tignes in the morning and then head over to Val d'Isere in the afternoon.
Advanced skiing in Tignes
The Espace Killy is renowned for its off piste: try the Vallon de la Sache run down to les Brevieres or the Tour de Charvet over in Val d'Isere. With 300km of pistes to discover, the Espace Killy area offers some fantastic skiing.
Snowboarding in Tignes
Tignes is a Mecca for boarders from all over the world. Beginners start on the nursery slope at le Lac, whilst freestylers head for the terrain park on Palafour and freeriders favour the couloirs off the Aiguille Percée and the Couloirs du Telegraphe.
In Tignes the snowpark is big, wide, well prepared and shaped by lasers, Tignes sets the benchmark in the world of freestyle.
Things to do in resort
- Fantastic sport centre
- New Aquacentre with wellness area and swimming pool (free access each day with lift pass)
- Fitness centre with sauna
- Ice skating on the lake (free)
- Ice diving
- Indoor squash and tennis court
- Ice climbing
- Husky sledging