Lift System in Tignes
Tignes and the Espace Killy are linked by a variety of different lifts. The lifts marked on the piste map using straight black lines are of four types; button tow/drag, chair, telecabine and telepherique. They have the corresponding abbreviations:
TK - téléski (drag)
TS - télésiege (chair)
TC - télécabine (gondola)
TPH - téléphérique (cable car)
For télécabine think bubble car and for téléphérique think cable car. Anything prefixed/suffixed with “Express” means a 6 person modern fast chair lift.
Tignes also has the Grande Motte Funicular, a high-speed inclined cable railway that leaves from Val Claret and takes skiers, hikers and sightseers up to the Grande Motte Glacier at 3032m. The journey of 3484m takes between 6-8 minutes and the 'funi' can carry up to 280 passengers at a time, which equates to 2500 people per hour when at full capacity. Funiculars operate on a kind of pulley system; the two trains are connected by long stretches of cable and travel along the same track (except for when they pass in the middle). The weight of the train travelling downhill assists the progress of the train travelling uphill, making it an energy-efficient mode of transport. The views from the funicular are spectacular and at the top you will find the Panoramic Restaurant, the Ice Caves, walking trails and a great ski area.