Ski, apres, sleep, repeat – the best formula for a holiday, right? But apres-ski isn’t just for the bars; it’s your chance to try a new Alpine activity or chill out with friends and family. You might find your new favourite sport; you’ll definitely create more magical memories.
A cross between bungee jumping and skiing, the Bun-J ride (next to Tignes’ Merles chairlift) gives you the chance to experience that fantasy flip while safely attached to elasticated cords. With your harness firmly attached, ski, snowboard or sledge down a 30m runway and shoot off a 40m drop, somersaulting if you dare.
Jack’s Club Bowling in Tignes Le Lac (next to Tignespace) offers a family-friendly apres-ski option. Kids will love the arcade games and, no matter who was the best skier of the day, a game of bowls levels the field.
A new bowling alley has opened this season in Val d’Isere’s 5* Hotel Les Barmes de l’Ours. The two-lane alley is open to non-residents too. There’s also a kid’s area and snooker table.
The swimming pool in the centre of Tignes Le Lac is a fun place to shelter from the cold with slides, a baby paddling area, bubble bath, waterfall and cave. It’s free to access with your 2 to 15-day Tignes-Val d’Isere ski pass.
Val d’Isere’s impressive Aquasportif centre has a 25m pool with wave machine, water jets and a heated beach. You get a free session with your 2 to 15-day lift pass.
After the lifts close and skiers leave the pistes, mountain bikes take over! Ride Fat Bikes – mountain bikes with very wide and under-inflated tyres – down the Plan Bois after taking the last gondola up from Montchavin village. This new activity promises a thrilling 30-minute moonlit descent to Montchavin or Les Coche depending on conditions.
€40pp. Protective clothing provided, bring own gloves. Must have some biking experience and be 1m60 tall.
www.evolution2-montchavin.com. +33(0)4 79 07 81 85
Take flight on an obstacle course of eight zip wires (most longer than 110 metres) linked by ladders, bridges and nets. Zig zag your way through the trees, descending almost 2km from Belle Plagne to Plagne Bellecote at a maximum height of 45 metres. The course lasts around 1hr15 and ends with a base jump.
New this winter, the challenge is set.
Adult €29, child €19. Open Tues-Thurs at 5.30pm.
www.elpro.fr. +33(0)4 79 09 11 62.
La Plagne boasts France’s only bobsleigh track, built for the Albertville Olympics in 1992 and now used for competitions and as an apres-ski activity. Around 14,000 people had a go last winter. Sign up to speed down the 1,507m track in a bobsleigh driven by world champion Bruno Mingeon himself at speeds of up to 130km/h!
Dine like an Eskimo
Enjoy an authentic Savoyard dinner, or a warming drink by the log fire, in a Mongolian yurt in the forest outside Arc 1950. The yurts are a few minutes’ walk from the village. For extra entertainment, arrive via snake gliss – a fun family activity involving several sledges connected to form a train – after lifts close.
Evolution 2 Les Arcs 1950 www.spirit1950.com +33(0)4 79 04 25 72
Evolution 2 Tignes also run a yurt village in the woods above Tignes Les Boisses. www.evolution2-tignes.com
Oxygene Ski School offer a wide variety of apres-ski activities around Val d’Isere and La Plagne.
Shoot around the pistes on these motorbikes on skis after lifts close for a feeling of total freedom on the snow. Drive one yourself or share the experience with a friend. Drivers must be aged 18+, passengers can be as young as 12 (sometimes younger).
€65 per skidoo for 20 mins.
Take your camera up way above the peaks for some incredible views of the mountains, glaciers and villages, flying as far as Mont Blanc for a closer look. Bespoke itineraries can be arranged as well as transfers to other resorts.
From €69pp for 10 mins.
A more natural way to fly above the clouds. Tandem flights take off from the Solaise and can be as tranquil or as exhilarating as you like – soaring slowly or spinning and spiraling.
Be transported to the high, flat tip of the Col du Petit Saint Bernard above the beautiful, sunny resort of La Rosiere to experience being pulled along the snow by wind power. Great for skiers and snowboarders, it’s your very own eco-friendly ski lift.
From €121 for 3 hours.
Climb a frozen waterfall with high mountain guides, who can find novice or advanced routes up the 200m-high wall of ice.
Sessions start after 5pm in La Daille.
Test your skills behind the wheel of a BMW, Porsche or Subaru on Tignes’ ice track. Master the techniques of sliding and controlling a high-performance vehicle – or let the professionals test the car to its limits while you sit tight in the passenger seat.
+33 (0)4 79 41 99 58