10 reasons to visit Tignes this summer

Our area manager Naomi first moved to Tignes from the UK in 2001. And guess what? She’s still there! So, it’s common knowledge that it’s a fantastic winter destination. But why on earth would you visit a ski resort in the summer?!

 

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Something for the thrill seekers…

1. ALL the activities – The Tignes slogan in summer is “made for more” because not only do you get to go skiing but there are loads of other activities (water jump, blob jump, archery, beach soccer, beach volley ball, squash, tennis, table tennis, air rifle shooting, babyfoot, basketball, mini golf, petanque, trampolines, pedalo, SUP, catamaran, kayaks, water slides, horse riding, hiking, full 18 hole golf course, pitch and put, road biking, mountain biking, climbing wall, rock climbing, paragliding, white water rafting, hydrospeed, quad bikes, canyoning, skate park, fishing, scuba diving) Phew! The list is endless… and lots of these things are free with a sportignes card!

 

2. Skiing – Because of the high altitude skiing in Tignes continues nearly all year round! 20km of pistes on the glacier including a snowpark and some cross country skiing are open daily from 7.15am to 1pm. The Panoramique restaurant is open and can also be visited by pedestrians. The other lifts (Tufs, Toviere and Palafour are free for walkers and mountain bikers.)

 

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Hiking to the Refuge du Palet

 

3. Walking – Barrage de Sassière (2440m altitude) one of the best walks, with amazing views back over the valley towards Tignes, this is the best place to spot chamois, eagles and marmottes. Aiguille Percee (eye of the needle) (2778m altitude) is one of the best walks in Tignes, starting from Le Lac you go up the Palafour, then up the Col de la Tourne before coming back down to resort via the Lacs du Chardonnet.

 

 

 

 

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Best pool in Tignes (Lavachet)

4. Tanning – it’s actually hot! So you can be skiing in the morning and sunbathing in your bikini in the afternoon, there are a number of different options for pools, from the outdoor pool at Queue du Cochon in Lavachet, to the outdoor pool at Villages Montana in Le Lac. Or visit Tignes official pool – le Lagon which has a wellness area with saunas, steam rooms and Jacuzzis, big pool, kids pool and a slide. In the summer they open the doors and you can sunbathe on the grass outside. There are also lots of spas with massage and beauty treatments available.

 

5. Local Wine/Wine Festival – One of the best weeks of the summer! (August 11th-15th) The whole of the Promenade de Toviere is filled with wine stalls, and you can try before you buy! Buy a glass (which has the Tignes logo on it) at the entrance to the festival and go from stall to stall, tasting reds, whites, rosés and Champagnes from all over France.

 

 

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Food glorious food

6. Celeb Spotting – Toulon rugby, Grenoble rugby team, Lyon football team, French national football team and lots of others come to Tignes in the summer for high altitude training. So you may spot some stars!

 

7. Food – Unlike some of the more niche resorts Tignes truly has something to tickle all taste buds (and budgets)… and with all the calories burnt off doing activities what better excuse to indulge! If you’re after a mountain restaurant Ouillette Plage sits at 2587m beside a lake, and is open in the summer with live music and great bbqs. For some amazing views of the Vanoise valley down to Les Arcs and La Plagne check out the Refuge du Palet on the Col du Palet, where there is a restaurant you can stay at overnight. Back on ground level for some authentic French cuisine try the Creperie Bretonne or Bagus in Le Lac or Pignatta or the Petite Savoyarde in Val Claret.

 

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Paddle boarding

 

8. Bars – Tignes is known for a good nightlife and most bars and a couple of clubs stay open over the summer. Braseros in Lavachet, Loop Bar or Marmotte Arms in Le Lac are some of our favourites. Loop and Brasero also do good food (burgers and pizzas) on their sunny terraces- perfect for a spot of sunbathing!

 

9. Entertainment – Depending on the month you visit there are an array of summer events worth checking out; from flyboard displays to street markets and yoga on paddleboards! For classical music lovers during July and August students of the MusicAlp academy perform in concerts, and it’s free to watch. If it’s rainy there is even a bowling alley and cinema to keep you amused.

 

10. The Mountain Cookery School! – All of our cooking course are run in Tignes so our students can experience cooking in a real chalet, in the mountains. And with all of the above why would you go anywhere else?! See our next available dates here.

 

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