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Tignes resort information & après-ski

Après-ski

The après ski scene in Tignes has grown gradually over the years and now enjoys somewhat of a buzz on the weekends during the long ski season.

Lo Terrachu (tel: +33 4 7940 0348) is a popular option, especially when punters can take advantage of its outdoor decked area during sunny days. The Loop Bar (tel: +33 4 7909 1589; www.loopbartignes.com) is equally popular, with live music, resident DJs, good beers on tap and a late opening time (0200).

After the bars have closed, cheesy nightclub Jack's Club (tel: +33 4 7906 5484) in the bowling centre has late-night dancing until 0400.

Eating out

There’s now around 70 cafes and restaurants in Tignes to get those taste buds tingling.

Couloir in Val Claret (tel: +33 4 7906 3264; www.couloirbartignes.com) has risen to be the most popular venue in the resort (book early) with an international menu and a reputation for excellent service.

In Le Lavachet, La Ferme des Trois Capucines (tel: +33 4 7906 3510) serves up superb French cuisine in a converted traditional wooden farm building and is very popular.

Other options in the resort include the Jam Bar (tel: +33 4 7900 2105; www.jambar.fr) for excellent Italian fare (and Italian coffee) and Tignes Cuisine (tel: +33 9 8458 3904; www.tignescuisine.com), which has an eclectic menu that includes both Chinese and Indian dishes.

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: +33 4 7940 0440).

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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: +33 4 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: +33 4 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: +33 4 7906 5167; www.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: +33 6 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: +33 4 7940 2995) ‘fun pool’ can keep the kids entertained 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 (tel: +33 4 7906 5500) in Tignes-le-Lac and Black Cats (tel: +33 4 7906 4246) in Val Claret.

There are a few fashion and souvenir shops in Tignes-le-Lac to explore, including Anthracite (tel: +33 4 7906 5849) in Val Claret for children’s wear and Boutique Berlingo in Tignes-le-Lac (tel: +33 4 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 (tel: +33 4 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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Les Suites du Nevada

+33 4 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.

Tignes Val Claret, F 73320, Tignes, France

Hôtel Le Ski d'Or

+33 4 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, F 73320, Tignes, France

Hôtel Le Lévanna

+33 4 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 3-star option also has parking space for guests.

Tignes-le-Lac, F 73320, Tignes, France

Hotel Le Gentiana

+33 4 7960 5246.

Founded in 1964, this beautiful, family-owned, chalet has spacious rooms with free Wi-Fi as well as a high quality on-site restaurant. Other facilities at the Hotel Le Gentiana include a swimming pool and Jacuzzi.

Le Rosset, F 73320, Tignes, France

Hôtel Les Capanules

+33 4 7906 3436.

A traditional Savoyard family run hotel located a short walk from the slopes, the Hôtel Les Capanules is renowned for high service standards. Facilities here include a small spa area.

Quartier Du Rosset, F 73320, Tignes, France

Hôtel Le Dôme

+33 4 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, meaning visitors leave their vehicle in a designated car park upon arrival. 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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