About Ski Pass Options in Tignes
There are a number of different ski passes available in Tignes. Prices vary according to your age, how many of you there are, what areas you'd like to ski in, how many days you want to ski and the time of year. Planning ahead can help you make the most of your Tignes ski holiday and hopefully save you some money too.
There are two main types of 'Tignes Ski Area' passes to choose from - the Tignes & Val d'Isere Combined Ski Pass - Full Area Pass, covering the whole of Tignes and Val d'Isere ski areas together allowing you access to around 300km of pistes or the Tignes Valley Pass - Local Area Pass, giving access to everything in Tignes, including the glacier and around 150km of pistes
Full area skipass
Whilst there is plenty to keep a good intermediate skier occupied on the Tignes side, if you want to really explore and make the most of the area (and there is a lot to explore!), then the full Tignes & Val d'Isere Combined ski pass is probably what you will want to buy.
This pass will grant you access to 300km of piste, 115 runs, 94 ski lifts and 2 glaciers and for Tignes & Val d'Isere Combined ski passes of 6 days or more, you can also ski 1 day in the 3 Valleys and 1 day in the Paradiski during the duration of your pass. 2 to 15 day passes give one free access to Oxygen swimming pool in Val d'Isere or access to the Lagon swimming pool in Tignes, and loan of ice skates (depending on opening dates)
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Tignes
Local area skipass
The Tignes area pass enables you to ski on Tovieres, Palafour, Chardonnet, all the way down to Les Boisses and Le Breviere, as well as the Grande Motte glacier on the Tignes side of the valley. You can take the Toviere gondola up to Tovieres at 2704mbut you are unable to drop lower than the Tommeuses chair lift or below the Folie Douce and Val d'Isere. This pass will probably suit you if you do not want to ski all day, every day and bear in mind that it is also possible to upgrade a 6 or 7 day Tignes lift pass to include one day skiing in the whole of the Tignes & Val d'Isere ski area by paying a small supplement. The pass also includes access to the Lagon swimming centre.
Also see: Ski Area Overview in Tignes
Access to the snowpark is included in any Tignes or Tignes & Val d'Isere Combined ski pass. With the Tignes & Val d'Isere Combined pass you also get to ride in the Val d'Isere snow park too.
Also see: Snowparks in Tignes
Family packages on ski passes are available for 2 adults plus 2, 3, 4 or 5 children and everyone pays the child's price. There only needs to be 1 adult in the party and the children can be from 5-13 years or teens and students from 14 to 21. Lift passes must be for the same duration and the same ski area, bought all at once.
Group discounts are only possible for groups of 20 people or more - check prices when you buy on line or ask for a quote from one of the Ski Pass Offices.
If you are a complete beginner, then it is likely that you will be joining ski school for most of your stay, so it is worth discussing with them which pass option is best suited for their beginner groups. Because there are free beginner areas in Val Claret, Le Lac, Les Boisse and Les Brevieres, if you are learning to ski for the first time, it is unlikely you will need to buy a ski pass for at least the first day or so. Also you don’t need to collect a ‘free pass’, you don’t need a pass at all.
Also see: Beginner Ski Areas in Tignes
Children under 5 and adults of 75 years+ can get 1 to 15 consecutive days ski passes free. Proof of age is required and a photo is required for passes of 2 days and longer. These passes are only available to buy at the ticket offices in resort.
There are 8 free lifts available in Tignes that are aimed at encouraging beginners up the slopes, to practise your turns and technique. Tignes le Lac / Le Lavachet: Rosset chair lift, Lavachet ski lift, Centre travelator, Tignes Val Claret: Claret ski lift, Bollin chair lift, Tignes 1800 / Boisses: Centre travelator and Tignes les Brévières: Brévières chairlift, Pitôts ski lift.
Lift passes are discounted during autumn (when just the Grande Motte is open) and at the start of the season, from late-November until mid-December, should you fancy squeezing in a bit of pre-Christmas snow! In a resort with such a good snow record as Tignes, the chances of there being decent snow cover this early on in the season is pretty high and so it's worth considering for a last minute flight if you have the flexibility and keep an eye on the webcams and weather reports.
At the end of the season you'll find you also get a discount as it's often spring skiing conditions, which normally comes into effect in the last week of the season. You could get 20% off your lift pass for booking in this week!
2 to 15 day passes give one free access to Oxygen swimming pool in Val d'Isere or access to the Lagon swimming pool in Tignes, and loan of ice skates (depending on opening dates) and all passes of 8 days or more will require a photo which can be taken at the ski pass office.
Disabled skiers, with a certificate of at least 80% disability, are entitled to 50% off Tignes and Tignes & Val d'Isere Combined public rate ski passes. These passes are only available to buy at the ski pass offices in resort. Alpine resorts are all upping their game in making the mountains much more accessible to everyone, with better and more varied equipment and more specific qualifications for instructors.
Not everyone comes to Tignes to ski, and when there are such beautiful panoramas to take in and mountain restaurants to enjoy, we can understand why! Lift pass prices are reduced for pedestrians (piétons), and some areas are even free or include extras such as a meal at a designated restaurant. Prices are available for Autumn and winter and these passes can only be bought at one of the Ski Pass Offices in resort.
Also see: Maps of Tignes
Cross-country passes (Nordic Skiing)
During Autumn when the Grand Motte glacier opens (early October to late November) there is one cross country ski itinerary available. 1 day costs 14.50€
During the winter season cross-country skiing in Tignes is free on the Lac de Tignes which has two tracks (Chartreux & Brévières). There is also a nordic track on the Marais plateau which requires taking the Chaudannes chairlift (paid for).
Also see: Cross-country Skiing in Tignes
Season & annual passes
Season passes are available to buy for the Tignes & Val d'Isere Combined ski area and prices are reduced for children and seniors. You may also be entitled to a discount if you hold a valid ISIA ski instructors license or if you work in resort.
The Pass'Tignes offers you discounts on your (Tignes & Val d'Isere / Tignes only) lift pass as well as various other reductions and promotions throughout the resort. Like the rechargeable pass, the Pass'Tignes can also be purchased and recharged as necessary online for an initial price of €10 (it's valid for 3 years). Once ordered, your reduced rate ski pass is loaded directly to your Pass'Tignes and sent to your home, meaning that you not only save money but don't waste a second getting on the slopes once you get to Tignes. Other advantages of the card are: Membership Advantage - 5% off public prices for adults and seniors (65 years +) and 10% off public prices for children and teenagers (up to and including 17 years) on 2 to 15 day passes when bought on line. Buy your Pass'Tignes.
With the "Ski à la carte" system or "Infini Tignes", you no longer need to buy a predetermined number of skiing days in advance: you only pay for the days you actually ski and the payments are not debited until the 5th of the following month.