Editor: Alexandra Chassin
Welcome to Tignes, a skier’s paradise! From free riding down black slopes to ice diving, this ski resort is outstandin for thrill seeking sports fanatics! But Tignes also has a lot more to offer...
People in Tignes ski before and after everyone else!
Perched in the Vanoise mountains in Haute Tarentaise, Tignes is the ideal winter sports resort, which makes it particularly popular with young guests. Around 76% of skiers here are under 40! The reason? Tignes has an infectious party atmosphere and, above all, offers skiing from the first signs of autumn. From 3 October, the Grande Motte glacier opens, offering 20km of green and black slopes ranging in altitude between 3,000-3,500m high. Other pistes in the resort open on a rolling schedule according to snowfall, and stay open as late as May.
Freeride in complete safety
A key meeting point for ski teams who come here to train as soon as autumn starts, Tignes has free riding tattooed in its genes! With 80% of the area classified off-piste, safety is the resort's number one priority. Information boards are placed at strategic points to inform and educate freeriders about basic safety requirements, weather conditions and the development of snow packs. Tignes has also created 10 “Naturides” for off-piste novices - these safe, unmarked, black runs are ungroomed, an excellent way to test yourself before diving into the Great White!
On the slopes in Tignes, Rhône-Alpes, France
Whether aboard your first microlight, or spending an evening high up in a yurt (at an altitude of over 2,500m high); you’ll definitely have the time of your life in Tignes! Extreme diving expert Alban Michon also offers diving experiences under the ice of Lake Tignes. However, if the idea alone is enough to make you shiver, the Bun-J Ride may be more your thing. It combines high diving, bungee jumping and zip-lining! Fitted with a waist harness connected to a movable bungee cord, the “jumper” stands on top of a springboard of their choice before launching into the void. An adrenalin-intense but super safe thrill!
Sports and indoor relaxation
Tignes is certainly a very sporty destination, which includes plenty of indoor activities to get stuck into! Designed for top athletes as well as visitors, Tignespace houses the most innovative indoor sports complex in the Alps. Sprint corridors, areas dedicated to pole vaulting and long jump, a weights room, sports halls, squash courts and a 16m-high climbing wall make this a haven for sports junkies. For those who wish to relax after a day of skiing, there’s the Lagoon, an aquatic and fitness centre measuring over 5,000m², offering incredible views of the snowy mountains.
Lunch at 3,000m high
The resort is full of great places to recharge your batteries. Le Panoramic, is home to Jean-Michel Bouvier, a leading chef who set up his eaterie on the Grande Motte glacier. Situated at over 3,000m high, the gourmet restaurant specialises in local produce. Nearby, more impatient guests will find “La Cantine de Bouvier”, a trendy spot where diners can enjoy succulent meat, freshly cooked pasta or delicious chips cooked in beef fat.
Tignes tourist office
Place Centrale 73320 Tignes
Telephone: +33 (0)4 79 40 04 40