All You Need to Know About Freeride Skiing in Tignes / Val D’Isere (France)

Clara AguirrehDecember 03, 2018

Tignes and Val d’Isere are two of the most impressive freeride skiing locations in France. Each with its own resort and facilities, they are under an hour apart by bus. This is also one of the largest freeride skiing areas in the world, with endless possibilities in terms of locations, villages, slopes and landscapes.

This skiing season, head to the east of France for an unforgettable freeride skiing trip with a unique variety of landscapes and terrain. Get ready for a dynamic and fascinating experience in the beautiful Alps.

On this blog post, you will find the main things you need to know to get started…

What Makes Freeride Skiing in Tignes and Val D’Isere Special?


1| There are options available for every skill level! These vast areas feature groomed slopes for beginners, and fantastic deep couloirs for more experienced skiers. Plus: modern lifts and facilities!

2| A fantastic natural context. Tignes and Val d’Isere are located in the beautiful Vanoise National Parc, with breathtaking valleys and slopes.

3| You can easily move between both areas with a daily shuttle services, and enjoy a great variety of restaurants and shops after an exciting freeride skiing day.

Where to Go Freeride Skiing?


Tignes and Val d’Isere are great locations for freeride skiing programs starting at 1-day. Choose among the different locations in this area, and book your programme with an experienced certified mountain guide to enjoy a more interesting and safer skiing trip.


All you need to know about freeride skiing in Tignes / Val d'Isere
Freeride skiing in the Tignes / Val d’Isere area. Photo: courtesy of Damien Grange.

Sainte Foy

Located in the Tarentaise valley, almost every corner of mountain terrain in Sainte Foy is suitable for freeride skiing. The skiing areas are also wide, suitable for both beginners and experienced skiiers.

Check out this Ski touring in Tignes and Val d’Isere programme with IFMGA-certified guide Damian based in Tignes.

Les Arcs / La Plagne

Very close to Sanite Foy, this Les Arcs is a high-altitude ski resort with 70% of its skiing area above 2000 m. The highest point in this area is Aiguille Rouge (at 3,226 m). This guarantees great snow condition throughout the season!

Check out this Freeride skiing guide in Val d’Isere and Tignes program with IFMGA-certified guide Goulven, based in Val d’Isere.

La Rosiere

This traditional French chalet style town is a quiet and sunny location, perfect for a beautiful freeride skiing day. It also has fantastic views of the Isere valley.

Check out this Val d’Isere guided ski touring, off-piste skiing program with IFMGA-certified guide Jean-Marc, based in Sainte Foy.

The hut-to-hut experience

If you are looking for an extra adventurous experience in this area, you can avoid the hotels and bars in the resorts and go for the hut-to-hut  ski touring experience. In Val d’Isere, for example, there are plenty of traditional huts like Prariond, Carro, Averole and more.

Check out this Guided ski touring around Val d’Isere program with IFMGA-certified guide Goulven.

Click here for more freeride skiing in Tignes and Val d’Isere programs with certified guides.

Freeride skiing in Val d'Isere and Tignes
Fantastic powder snow in the Tignes area. Photo: courtesy of Goulven Cuzon.

When is the Best Time to Go There?

Tignes and Val d’Isere open in November or mid-December. For better chances of fantastic deep powder, consider January.

For sunnier and milder skiing days, consider March and April.

Average cost of a ski trip in Tignes / Val d’Isere with a guide

Freeride skiing programs in Tignes and Val d’Iser with a certified guide can go from 64 EUR to 100 EUR per day, per person, usually for groups of maximum 6 people.

Speak to your guide to design a program that adjusts to your experience, time availability and goals.

All you need to know about freeride skiing in Tignes / Val d'Isere
Freeride skiing in Val d’Isere. Photo: courtesy of Goulven Cuzon.

How to get to Tignes / Val d’Isere?

Arriving by train

The main train stations in the region are Lyon, Geneve, Albertville, Chambery and Grenoble.

You can travel to Bourg-Saint-Maurice, which is the closest station, 45 minutes away.

Nearest airports

Grenoble (2 hours by car), Geneve (3 hours by car), Lyon (3 hours by car) and Chambery (2 hours by car).

Arriving by car

The distance to main nearby cities is:

  • Bourg Saint Maurice: 30 km (18 mi)
  • Albertville: 86 km (53 mi)
  • Chambéry: 135 km (83 mi)
  • Lyon: 240 km (149 mi)
  • Genève: 220 km (136 mi)


Ready for your next freeride skiing adventure? Find the program and guide that better suit your experience, expectations and goals and join in on the adventure in Tignes and Val d’Isere!



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