But once you’re on the mountain, your piste map becomes an awkward, flapping hindrance that screams ‘tourist plonker’… and just how come it never folds back up how it came in the first place..?!
For more fantastic routes like this one, we can recommend guides and instructors all over Espace Killy offering ski lessons in Tignes and ski lessons in Val D'Isere, whose impeccable local knowledge means they'll be able to craft a route that fits your ability and interests perfectly.
So, print or download our tried-and-tested day route that will guide you from Val D’Isere, through Val Claret, Tignes Le Lac and back via La Daille, the best of Espace Killy, just in time for après. Enjoy!
Head to Tignes to warm up on long runs
Take the OLYMPIQUE bubble and look down at LA FACE – on the famously icy Olympic run, you’ll no doubt see some ‘exciting’ displays of skiing or maybe sliding...
Once you’ve got your skis on, follow DIEBOLD which runs down to your right, this can get a little busier at Espace Killy's 'Ski-school-O’clock'. Consider this your warm up run, keep left at the bottom and join VERTE to take the TOMEUSES lift, towards Tignes.
Head to the other side of the La Tovière restaurant and take a sharp right down PISTE H, but shortly stick left as it splits at a signpost. You should be heading towards Val Claret.
On your left take LES LANCHES chair. It’s at an excellent sunbathing angle if Espace Killy's weather is on your side… it’s also got a pull-down windshield if the weather’s not so agreeable! You can see the Tignes super half-pipe from LES LANCHES so look out for some inspiration!
Turn left back under the chairlift, down a narrow track to join the very end of FACE and get on the VANOISE chair. This takes you up to Tignes’ incredible glacier where you can ski all-summer long. Here you can take a break in the gorgeous Panoramic restaurant. With open fires, miles of mountain views, and a resident St. Bernard dog, it’s a classic pit-stop.
Enjoy breath-taking views from Tignes’ glacier
Once you’ve refuelled, you could either head back down DAHU and join DOUBLE M for some of Espace Killy's most awesome cruise-y ‘hero snow’*, or while you’re up here, may as well take the GRANDE MOTTE cable car up to the resort’s highest point: 3456 metres! The DECENT is a very kind black down, with more of that ‘hero snow’, but there are other options like GLACIER, to re-join DOUBLE M.
After enjoying Double M, stay left and schuss a little at the bottom to get to TICHOT. Cross the piste and get on GRATTALU. This lift is used for Tignes Snowpark, so expect to see some impressive tricks on the huge black kickers and cannon rails. Turn right at the top then stay left to join MERLES which is a quiet and underrated run.
Make your way to Tignes Le Lac
Take the GRAND HUIT lift, this is a chilly one, but at the top you are often rewarded by a selection of animal ice-sculptures created by the liftie! Turn right down the PERCE-NEIGE. If you have time, you could venture up to the ‘Eye of the needle’ on the AIGUILLE PERCEE.
Continue down to Tignes Le Lac via COMBE. Tignes Le Lac offers some of the best value lunch stops in Espace Killy: Tignes Cuisine and Loop Bar are seasonnaire favourites for noodles, nachos and burgers. Or eat something a bit more Alpine (including stone-baked pizzas) at La Tovière, once you’ve taken the TOVIERE cable car.
Back to Val D’Isere via La Daille
Follow EDELWEISS down past Valpark and continue on the left of the Folie Douce onto VERTE. This is probably the most difficult ‘green run’ in Espace Killy and probably the Alps! If there is no racing going on, we recommend the STADE DE COMPETITION as your last run of the day as it tends to be quieter and the snow is kept tip-top.
You’ll need to get the bus back into the centre of Val D’Isere, but the Rosée Blanche bar next to the stop may serve for a little celebration of your great day’s ski. If you’ve still got the energy left, stay on the bus under the tunnel and get off at the ‘Rondpoint’ (roundabout), where Cocorico – Val D’Isere’s bonkers new live music apres bar, has become the place to après!
*Hero snow is the perfect smooth-but-grippy conditions that make skiing feel effortless. Disclaimer: may induce elevated sense of skill!!
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