Tignes is a commune in the Savoie region of southeastern France that is best known as a ski resort. Together with Val d'Isère, it forms the “Espace Killy” ski area. There are good transport links in and out of Lyon, Geneva and Chambery, to Tignes.
Famous as a ski resort, that doesn’t mean skiing is the only holiday activity you can do while you are in Tignes. With its beautiful location in the Alps region, there are many adventurous activities that you can enjoy while you are in Tignes.
1. Ice ski at Tignes Val Claret
The main activity of Tignes holiday! Whether you’re a beginner or expert ski player, Tignes has a large and diverse skiing area that meet your needs.
Tignes has four different nursery slope areas: Tignes Le Lac, Val Claret, Les Lavachet and Les Brévières that span from an altitude of 2,200 meters down to 1,550 meters at the valley floor. Across these Nursery Slopes, there are various beginner specific lifts ranging from drag lifts to chairlifts.
At Tignes Val Claret, there is also a children’s beginner ski area with a carpet lift. If you are a first timer ice skier, the nursery slope of Tignes Val Claret will be a fun area to advance your skill.
Evo 2 Ski School
Address: Magasin Mountain Story SkiSet Rue de la Poste 73320 Tignes Le Lac France
Website: Evolution 2 Tignes
2. Snowboard at Espace Killy
Tignes is one of the French ski resorts that are first to welcome snowboarders. With Espace Killy formed together with Val d’Isere, the area has a very good snow record, a glacier, a lake and a lot of varying terrain, where snow boarders can enjoy slide down or jump over in the area.
Take a snowboard course to enhance your skill and enjoy the ride. Tignes can almost guarantee that everyone leaves satisfied.
Progression Ski and Snowboard School
Website: Progression Ski and Snowboard School
3. Snow tube ride at Tignes Val Claret
Another way to enjoy the snow is by going snow tubing at the snow tubing park of Tignes Val Claret. It is for all ages and will definitely give you good experience on a mountain.
It will cost you 15 euros for one hour, you will be taken to the top with motorized carpet and sit on a smart black rubber grates that will take you down the hill.
Don’t fear the speed! You can snow tube close to one another. It’s a great experience to share with friends.
Address: Entree Du Parking Du Val Claret, Tignes, France
Website: Snowtubing Tignes
4. Paragliding over Tignes with ESF Tignes
ESF Tignes is one of the best paragliding operators at Tignes that will take you to an unforgettable journey to experience Tignes in a different way.
Located at Tignes Le Lac, ESF Tignes offers you to discover the mountain that surrounded Tignes from a bird’s eye view with adrenaline rush.
From the top of the slopes, fly high over Tignes. Fly tandem with a fully qualified pilot and see your snow mountain playground in a breathtaking way.
Paragliding ESF Tignes Le Lac
Website: ESF Tignes Le Lac
5. White river rafting with River Runners
The Northern Alps within the regions of the Savoie and Haute Savoie are full of great rivers and they are all offering plenty of opportunities for water sports.
River Runners will take you to venture down a river on a raft and definitely pump your adrenaline. Whitewater sports are accessible to all who love the natural environment and who are in search of a bit of adventure.
As you glide down the rapids, you will discover some amazing scenery along the river.
Introductory rafting sessions on a grade three river is one of the famous sessions River Runners has to offer. There are also more difficult sessions for those looking for a bit more of a challenge. You can book from May 1 to September 30 each year.
White river rafting River Runners
Website: Coureurs De Rivieres
6. Bike riding on the snow
Tignes and Val d’Isere provide access for bikers to explore Espace Killy with a mountain biking. But on winter times, try the most unique experience of mountain biking by biking on the snow at Tignes.
Most people don’t expect to be able to go mountain biking on snow-covered slopes. However, Tignes reserves mountain biking activity not only for the summer months. Once the pistes are closed for the day, you can hire a bike and safety gear, then head up the gondola for an exhilarating ride down the deserted pistes as the sunsets. That will definitely leave you smiling from ear to ear, on two wheels this time!
Happy Bike Camp/Imm La Lessiere
Website: Happy Bike Camp
7. Day break at Le Lagon Tignes
When you get bored of the snow or the weather is too rough, head out to Le Lagon Tignes for different type of activities. Le Lagon Tignes is a swimming pool, spa, exercise and gym area at the heart of the mountains.
The fantastic Le Lagon facility has a 25 x 15 meter indoor swimming pool with six lanes, as well as a separate leisure pool with a wave machine, water slides and Jacuzzi-style massage beds. A perfect place for a family with kids, where they can spend time after long days at the snow.
There’s also a wellness area with spas and hot tubs, saunas, steam room and ice bath, where you can ease off any weary muscles. You can also hit the gym, where there’s a large and well-equipped fitness suite with views out to the lake and surrounding mountains.
The entrance is about four euros for an adult or free if you got a six days lift pass or more and kids under the age of 5 are free.
Le Lagon Tignes
Address: Vanoise National Park, 18 D87A, 73320 Tignes, France
Website: Le Lagon Tignes
8. Visit the lady of the lake at Tignes Dam
The original town of Tignes was used by the government as a reservoir for providing hydroelectric power to the region. The families were moved from their homes in order to flood the town and turn it into a huge reservoir.
Legend has it that there was one woman that refused to evacuate her house and she became the legendary “the lady of the lake.” You can see her as the ethereal statue by the roadside overlooking the reservoir, to commemorate the protest against lives being destroyed.
Every five years, the lake is fully drained and the tops of buildings and winding lanes can be seen in the process.
Tignes Dam/Barrage de Chevril
Address: Tignes Dam, 73320 Tignes, France
Never get enough of Tignes
For adrenaline junkies, Tignes is one of the top destinations for holiday adventure. Check out more activities you can do on Tignes’ surrounding areas and have fun.
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