Although being famous for its fantastic ski area with great off piste and great snowpark, Val d’Isère is infamous for its nightlife, variety of restaurants and shopping and, of course, being home to the original La Folie Douce. There is also the option of summer skiing here due to the glacier in the Fornet ski area as well as the glacier in Tignes. The main town itself sits at 1850m and is very picturesque lying in a narrow valley and centering around the old town. The resort itself stretches from La Daille at 1785m all the way up to Le Fornet at 1930m, all of which are connected by the free shuttle buses that run until the early hours.
Tignes is famous for its very long season (which allows for summer skiing for those with the year long bug!), off piste routes, snow parks and prides itself on being classified as snow sure. Tignes itself consists of five different towns, the highest being Tignes Val Claret at 2300m which has quick and easy access to the Tignes glacier on the Grande Motte. Slightly further down is Tignes Le Lac (2100m) and Tignes Le Lavachet (2000m) which, together with Tignes Val Claret, are probably the best spots for nightlife, shopping and restaurant options and are all connected by the free shuttle bus (or navette). Finally, a few kilometres down the valley is Tignes Les Boisses (or Tignes 1850) at 1850m and the very picturesque town of Tignes Les Brevières (1550m), which makes for a lovely lunch stop. The latter two resorts of Tignes provide quieter and affordable options whilst still offering the vast ski area of Val d’Isère and Tignes on their doorsteps.