Tignes is a snow-sure ski resort connected to Val d'Isère through the Espace Killy ski area. Although it is known as a party resort, it can also offer families an excellent value for money ski holiday.
There are several distinct villages that make up the resort of Tignes. Tignes le Lac remains the centre of the resort, and is a good base for a family because of the plentiful accommodation and activities on offer. There are a number of private childcare companies that provide nannies and equipment rental, and are able to look after babies and older children. A new 'village', Tignes 1800, has been developed with families in mind, offering a village-style atmosphere with specially created children's ski areas. It is connected to the rest of Tignes by the express Boisses cable car. Have a look at our Maps of Tignes to see how it's all connected.
There is a wide range of affordable accommodation in Tignes, much of which is ski-in/ski-out. This is important if you don't want to be carrying two or more sets of skis and all the paraphernalia that goes with skiing with children! The main resorts of Le Lac and Val Claret are fairly flat once you arrive, so getting around with small children is made that little bit easier. There are nursery ski areas right in the village centres where you can use some of the ski lifts for free. There is a good selection of children's ski schools and the resort has a modern ski lift infrastructure to help you explore the ski area easily and quickly.
In addition to the wonderful skiing, Tignes can offer families plenty of activities, with its swimming pool, climbing wall, trampolines and an outdoor ice rink in the centre of the village. Many of the restaurants are family-friendly and there are several independent childcare companies that can help with looking after the kids.
Tignes is a great option for a summer holiday as well. The Alps are very beautiful in summer, with hot sunny days and cool nights, and plenty of activities and events to keep you occupied.