Tignes has a number of extremely challenging and advanced pistes. With a host of "naturide" (un-groomed) black runs, steep pisted blacks and some reds that are verging on blacks you can test skiing and enjoy some of the challenges Tignes has to offer. Tignes boasts the area's longest run, an exhilarating 10km black run called La Sache, that descends from the top of the L’Aiguille Percée and 'the eye of the needle', through a spectacular valley to Tignes Les Brévières.
Grande Motte & The Palet / L'Aiguille
Access Val Claret (highest village of Tignes) from the top of the Tommeuses lift and down Piste H. From here, head straight up the Grande Motte glacier. All of the red runs on this glacier are worth skiing due to the fantastic snow and views and Leisse is definitely worth skiing more than once. There are some tempting moguls down either side of this piste and it is nice and quiet in the mornings.
Come down the glacier on the red runs before taking Tichot and Grattalu on the opposite side of Val Claret. For more challenging skiing off these lifts, there is the red mogul run – Le Mur – and also take Col des Ves which leads to the top of Guerlain Chicherit, the naturide piste. This is un-groomed and is usually home to some challenging moguls. You can also take the challening black piste Pramecou which is more groomed but still has plenty of challenging moguls and steep descents. The Col des Ves lift is currently the slowest in resort at 22mins, so although the runs are well worth it, bear this in mind in poor weather, and in time-planning to get back to Val!
Toviere, Les Brevieres / L'Aiguille Percee
The easiest way into Tignes Le Lac is straight down Trolles off Piste H at the top of Tommeuses. This is a wide black run with a steep pitch and a long schuss at the end. It is then worth going back up the Aeroski (if you are feeling confident with naturide runs) to do Paquerettes under the lift if it is open.
Once in Tignes Le Lac, there are a few options at the top of the Palafour lift including red runs that you can take off the top of the Grand Huit and Aiguille Percee lifts. Epilobe is another naturide off the Chaudannes chair which may also be worth a ski if conditions are right.
In the afternoon, ski to Tignes les Brevieres on Sache, probably the most challenging black run in the resort, as it is usually full of moguls! Providing the snow conditions are good, it can be a fantastic run. There is an escape route on Echappatoire and Pavot if it does prove too tricky. Alternatively try the Silene black naturide piste under the Marais lifts, it is not always open so if it is, it is definitely one to try. Head back to Le Lac and Val by taking the Sache bubble, Aiguille Rouge, Bleuets run, and Aeroski back to Val d’Isere.