Can’t wait until next winter to hit the slopes again? We don’t blame you – but we also understand that not everyone has the means to travel to the other side of the world to take advantage of the Southern Hemisphere season. So we thought we’d suggest somewhere a little closer to home – here’s a guide to summer skiing in the fantastic French resort of Tignes.
Skiing on the Grande Motte Glacier
As one of France's glacier resorts, Tignes is one of the most snow sure resorts in the Alps, and, as a result, is open for skiing around eight months of the year. The summer season runs from the end of June to early August, and 2016 summer ski pass prices are 31.50 euros for one day or 91.50 for three days out of fifteen. Tignes is a great summer skiing option if you like a bit of variety, with over 20km of pistes on offer during the hotter months, as well as a snow park.
Don’t forget that summer skiing is for the early bird – the glacier is open to skiers from 7.15am to 1pm during the summer. It’s also worth getting some advice from a high-mountain guide to make the most of skiing on the glacier.
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Ski Schools and Courses
Tignes is a particularly great resort to head to during the summer if you’re looking to improve your technique. Many of the ski schools that operate during the winter also offer lessons during the summer. New Generation are offering private lessons on the glacier - prices start at 155 euros and you can book by calling their UK office on 01462 674000. There are also lots of great courses available. The ski training company Target offer a six day race training course in July, with lots of drills and exercises to develop skiers’ performance. Meanwhile, Snoworks run five day courses throughout the summer and autumn, offering both race training and all-terrain performance.
© New Generation / Andy Lloyd
After a morning of skiing, when the sun starts to get stronger and the snow gets slushy, it’s lucky that Tignes offers a fantastic variety of watersports to help everyone cool down. You don’t even have to take your skis (or snowboard) off – for just 15 euros, those wishing to practise their freestyle jumps can ski/snowboard/bike/skate their way off a 35m ramp into the icy depths of the lake. There are also other water jumps available for adrenaline junkies (which don’t involve skis or snowboards). Plus, there’s white water rafting, canyoning, kayaking, canoeing and sailing available for watersports enthusiasts.
If jumping into a lake isn’t your thing, however, there are plenty of other, drier activities that you can try. There are lots of fantastic, scenic walks that should please even the most avid hiker, and pedestrians are able to use the ski lifts. Cyclists shouldn’t miss out on the Tignes-Val d’Isere bike park, complete with five MTB lifts, trails for all levels, practise areas and a giant air bag. Plus, there’s a multitude of other sports on offer, including beach volleyball, tennis and archery. Meanwhile, anyone who is in the mood for something a little more relaxing can play a few rounds at Europe’s highest golf course. With a Sportignes card (which is provided free of charge by certain accommodation providers if you spend just one night in the resort this summer) you can get access to some of these (and the watersports) activities for free. Find out more about it on the Tignes website.
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Where to Stay
Several residences in Tignes throw their doors open to visitors in the summer – here are some of the accommodations that are available this summer:
These lovely, Savoyard style apartments are excellently located just a short walk from the restaurants and shops of Val Claret.
These comfortable self-catering apartments are well located right next to the piste and near the centre of Val Claret.
This basic residence offers comfortable apartments, with well-equipped kitchenettes, which are ideal if you want to eat in. It’s a short walk from the pistes and the central location is ideal for taking advantage of the resort’s bars, restaurants and shops.
Restaurants and Bars
During the winter, there are several places to enjoy a meal on the mountain, but in the summer the clear winner is Le Panoramic. Situated at the top of the Grande Motte funicular, the lovely restaurant has a terrace, where you can top up your tan and enjoy the fantastic views over the surrounding area.
Meanwhile, down in Val Claret, there are a multitude of places to head to in the evening but keep an eye out for Couloir. It’s located in the heart of the resort and is one of the coolest places to eat in town, offering excellent quality, creative cuisine. During the summer the restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday from 7pm.
In Tignes Le Lac, Loop Bar is a great option for enjoying some food and drink during the summer with a large terrace for you to enjoy the afternoon sun. Plus, if you fancy a later night, Loop offers late night sessions with top DJs and bands so you can dance the night away, with the added bonus of plenty of great drink deals.
Interested in heading to Tignes on holiday during the summer or winter? Browse our fantastic range of Tignes accommodation on our website or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0131 240 3300 to find out more.
Posted on Thursday 19 May 2016