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Tignes resort information & après-ski

Après-ski

The nightlife scene is livelier over in Val d'Isère, but there are still enough venues for fun après-ski in Tignes. In Le Bec Rouge, Jam Bar (tel: 04 7900 2105) is popular with snowboarders and is open until 0100, while Jack's Club (tel: 04 7906 5484) has late-night dancing until 0500.

Up in Val Claret, Grizzly's Bar (tel: 04 7906 3417) and Couloir (tel: 04 7906 3264) provide more relaxed alternatives, with their selections of wines and cocktails respectively.

Eating out

Many hotels offer half-board deals, but for those on a bed and breakfast rate or in an apartment, there are plenty of affordable restaurants in Tignes serving traditional Savoyard cooking or international favourites.

For those who wish to dine in style, head to Le Caveau (tel: 04 7906 5232) in Val Claret, or enjoy the views from the Hôtel L'Arbina's restaurant in Tignes-le-Lac (tel: 04 7906 3478; www.hotel-arbina.com).

Alternatively, head up the mountain via funicular or snowcat for a traditional Savoyard dinner, then ski or sledge back down by torchlight. Further details are available from the tourist office (tel: 04 7940 0440).

Resort Information

Beyond the slopes

Outdoors, visitors can try ice diving, dog sledding, skijoring (being pulled along on skis or snowboard by a horse), ice skating on the lake or mountain biking on snow. Then there's horse riding, ice climbing, paragliding and even an ice-driving circuit. The most unique attraction at this resort, however, is the ice grotto at the top of the Grande Motte funicular with its glistening ice sculptures.

Back at the base is the Tignespace sports centre (tel: 04 7940 0440), which offers basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, squash and a climbing wall. The on-site auditorium is a good place to hear live music or see staged performances, so keep an eye out for regular events and concerts. Alternatively, catch the latest big screen hit at the cinema in Val Claret or attempt a ‘strike’ or two at the bowling alley in Le-Lac.

All ages will enjoy splashing about in Le Lagon (tel: 04 7940 2995), an indoor aquatic and wellness centre incorporating a 25m (82ft) pool, ‘fun pool’ with water slides, bubble beds and waterfalls, and a lavish spa.

Family fun

The dedicated children's ski school Les Marmottons (tel: 04 7906 5167; lesmarmottons.com) has its own specially marked areas and accepts children from age two-and-a-half to 10. Lessons are available in English. Caro Nonou (tel: 06 6153 9698) in Tignes-le-Lac can provide non-ski childcare.

In the evenings, the children's toboggan runs are always a big hit, while Le Lagon's (tel: 04 7940 2995) ‘fun pool’ can keep the kids happy throughout the day.

Retail therapy

Tignes is no shopping mecca, but there are a reasonable number of ski and souvenir shops in which to seek out the perfect accessory or gift.

Visitors here can hunt for bargains in the ubiquitous Intersport sports shops (Tignes-le-Lac and Val Claret) with rack upon rack of ski gear and clothing. Snowboarders will also enjoy checking out specialist stores Snowpark (Galerie du Palafour; tel: 04 7906 5500) in Tignes-le-Lac and Black Cats (Place du Curling; tel: 04 7906 4246) in Val Claret.

There are a few fashion and souvenir shops in Tignes-le-Lac to explore, including Anthracite (le Rond Point des Pistes; tel: 04 7906 5849) in Val Claret for children’s wear and Boutique Berlingo in Tignes-le-Lac (tel: 04 7906 3857) for gifts.

Splashing out

Take to the skies with a helicopter sightseeing flight over Tignes and the Espace Killy as a whole, which boasts magnificent mountain scenery. Flights are available through Evolution 2 (Rue de la Poste; tel: 04 7908 3529; www.evolution2.com).

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Hotels

There is a good choice of accommodation close to the slopes, mostly made up of catered chalets and a wide selection of apartments in all price ranges. The few hotels in Tignes are concentrated in Tignes-le-Lac and are mostly 2- to 4-star rated.

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Hôtel Le Ski d'Or

04 7906 5160.

This 4-star hotel has modern rooms with balconies, as well as an on-site spa area with a sauna, hammam and Jacuzzi. The on-site restaurant serves gourmet local fare every day, as well as a seafood buffet on Thursdays, while the bar is a good spot for a relaxing drink at the end of the ski day.

Tignes Val Claret, Tignes, France

Les Suites du Nevada

04 7941 6830.

Having recently been upgraded, this is Tignes’ first 5-star hotel. Situated in Val Claret, the all-suite accommodation here is complemented by a luxury spa, a chic bar and a gourmet eatery.

Hôtel Le Lévanna

04 7906 3294.

Located at the foot of the slopes in Tignes-le-Lac, the pretty wood-clad Hôtel Le Lévanna has a restaurant with a terrace and a cosy bar. This conveniently located 3-star hotel also has parking space for guests.

Tignes-le-Lac, Tignes, France

Hôtel Le Dôme

04 7922 6591.

Linked to the other villages by a free bus service, the 2-star Hôtel Le Dôme has 14 rooms, a cosy restaurant serving local dishes and a small bar. Parking is available on-site.

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Getting there and around

Getting there

Nearest airports: Chambéry Airport (CMF); Geneva International Airport (GVA); Lyon-Saint Exupéry Airport (LTS).

Distance to resort: 140km (88 miles); 175km (109 miles); 220km (137 miles).

Driving time: 1 hour 50 minutes; 2 hours 50 minutes; 3 hours.

Nearest railway station: Bourg-Saint-Maurice.

Distance to resort: 31km (19 miles).

Driving time: 35 minutes.

Getting around

The centre of Tignes is car free, so visitors must therefore leave their vehicle in a car park. There are lifts within walking distance of most accommodation; otherwise hop on the free ski buses that connect the different parts of Tignes (except Tignes les Brévières).

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