Local facilities 4
(i.e. Restaurants, hire shops)
Slope conditions 5
Lift system 5
Skiing / boarding experience
Apres ski 3
We had Christmas week 2013 in Tignes Les Brévières, staying with White Horizon Chalets in their self catered apartment, Tignes 1550. The village offers a more refined and quiet après scene and is best suited to couples or good friends. If it’s a banging late night you want then head to Underground Bar or the Vault Bar, excellent après for those who can go the distance.
For those of us who have long since stopped trying to keep up then head to Vincent’s bar next to the Sherpa supermarket. They offer some very nice Dutch hospitality, not to mention the Mutzig Old Lager, very strong indeed, so go steady.
The local restaurants offer the usual Savoyard food with the Bachal restaurant offering some goods Italian dishes. I can recommend the steak Rossini. All the restaurants offer a good selection of wines from the local Vin de Savoie to the most expensive Rothschild. Above all, the locals are friendly and helpful, not stereotypical of other French ski resorts.
The piste back to this part of the Espace Killy are mostly easy blue runs and timid intermediates should have no problem at all, having said that if you really want to download in the gondola there's a bit of hike up to the station from the piste area. If you're a bit more adventurous then try the last part of the beautiful Sache black run down to the village.
The village of Tignes Les Boisses is a free chairlift ride away and is currently under going a bit of redevelopment, worth considering of you want a bit of modern luxury but does seem a bit distant to the village proper, especially if you like to walk around in the evenings.
If you drive to any of these resorts, especially during the Christmas holidays, allow extra time to get from Bourg Saint Maurice to Tignes, the mountain roads get very congested and two hours to travel 20k is not unusual! The road in and out of Brévières is fairly steep and most Brits don't have winter tyres fitted, although its kept clear you may need snow chains to get to the top, my tip is to fit the chains the evening before you leave, saves time faffing should the snow start falling just as you leave.