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Tignes Ski 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.
Back at the base, the Tignespace sports centre (tel: 04 7940 0440), which usually offers basketball, football, volleyball, tennis, squash and a climbing wall, is currently undergoing some renovation. Due to this development, its sports facilities will not be open until June 2013, but its auditorium is open, so keep an eye out for regular events and concerts.
Alternatively, splash 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, as well as a spa centre and gym. Additionally, there's a cinema in Val Claret and a bowling alley in Le-Lac.
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 six. 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.
Tignes is no shopping mecca, but there are a reasonable number of ski and souvenir shops in which to browse.
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 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 also 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.
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).