Tignes is another resort that was far different than the preconceived image in my head. I had heard of the area primarily because it hosts a number of terrain park competitions and, as a result, I had imagined a much smaller resort that probably didn't have much to offer in the way of natural terrain. I couldn't have been more wrong.
While the area's more rustic lodging options and simpler dining make it much more popular among younger crowds than the more family-friendly and higher-end Val D'Isere, I found that it offered quite a bit for smaller families, especially those on a budget. This area is comprised primarily of more basic hotel properties and does have a few condo-style hotels that offer larger units with living areas and kitchens at great rates for small groups (rare in the Alps).
Another thing that is worth mentioning about the area is the amount of outdoor activities that it offers to guests. Between the two main village areas is a huge indoor water park and gym, complete with the largest climbing wall I saw in the French Alps. Additionally the frozen lake that separates the two villages provides a number of activities as well most notably ice diving, which I didn't get to try but can only imagine is a wild experience.
If you are looking to access the same terrain as is available at neighboring Val D'Isere and prefer to save on lodging and spend during your actual stay, Tignes is a great value. The area even features some of the same smaller events and farmer's markets that generally take place in the village at Val D'Isere.