Tignes Ski Resort Information
Outdoors, visitors can try ice diving, dog sledding, skijoring (being pulled along on skis or snowboard by a horse), ice skating 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: +33 479 400 440), 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, and there’s a cinema in Val Claret and a bowling alley in Le-Lac.
All ages will enjoy splashing about in Le Lagon (tel: +33 479 402 995), an indoor aquatic and wellness centre incorporating a 25m (82ft) pool, a ‘fun pool’ with water slides and a lavish spa.
Tignes has families covered with good on-and-off slope childcare and lots of fun activities once the skiing day is through.
The dedicated children's ski school Les Marmottons (tel: +33 479 065 167; 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: +33 661 539 698) in Tignes-le-Lac meanwhile can provide non-ski childcare.
In the evenings, the children's toboggan runs are always a big hit, while Le Lagon's (tel: +33 479 402 995) ‘fun pool’ can keep non-skiing kids entertained throughout the day. Additionally, a bowling alley and cinema are also available within the resort.
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: +33 479 065 500) in Tignes-le-Lac and Black Cats (tel: +33 4 7906 4246) in Val Claret.
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: +33 479 083 529; www.evolution2.com).