If the thought of waiting an interminable 6 months before your next ski makes you want to cry, and the idea of a beach holiday makes you want to hurl, you need to book a summer trip to Tignes.
The mountains are beautiful and green in the summer sun, but up on the Grande Motte glacier there’s still plenty of snow to ski on from 27 June to 9 August. Change out of your ski boots and into your flip flops for apres!
There’s 20km of piste and 12 lifts accessible via the Perce-Neige funicular, which takes you up to the glacier in just 7 minutes.
At the top you’ll find training pistes for those on courses and a snowpark. Passes cost from €36 for an adult single day. If you’re not skiing, you can experience a glacial hike, roped to your group with a harness, crampons and an ice axe – for €45 for a half day.
From the end of June to the end of August, the Espace Killy is transformed into a biker’s paradise. Chairlifts across the area are adapted to carry bikes and free to use for downhill MTB, if you’re staying in resort!
The Tignes bike park celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and in that time visitor numbers have risen from 5,900 to 140,000 last year. For those familiar with the runs, there will be a new double black trail – Kamasutrail on Toviere – this year – for professional riders only!
Bikers have free access to 150km of trails and 5 lifts open 7 days a week, from barren, rocky blacks to lush green tree runs. If you want to try some tricks, get to the bike air bag and water jump! Bring your own bike or hire one from Snodroppe or Startline MTB.
Plus, right up until the end of August, you get free access with the resort’s Sportignes card to about 20 other activities in resort – including the lake airbag jump and lake slide, tennis, canoeing, squash, air rifle, zorbing, trampolines, mini golf and archery. Even the unique sport of flyboarding is available to try for free – hover above Tignes lake on a jet of water and dive in like a dolphin.
If between activities you do want a bit of sun time, you’ll find lots of bars and mountain restaurants open with stunning views of the green mountain scenery. Some, like Queue de Cochon in Tignes Le Lavachet, and Restaurant Les Clochetons in Val d’Isere, even have swimming pools by the bar.
For a more leisurely activity, get out your clubs and try a few puts on Tignes golf course – the highest in Europe at 2100m, overlooking Tignes lake. It’s open from 21 June to 6 September. And for a bit of culture, spend an evening at a MusicAlps concert – a series of free classical music concerts in Tignespace from 20 July to 22 August.
The resort’s altitude means it attracts sports teams for altitude training; expect to see French rugby teams running around – another draw for the ladies.
To get to Tignes try a car share drive or fly to Geneva, Chambery or Grenoble and get a transfer.