Tignes ski resort is a place like no other. Situated in the Tarentaise Valley in the French Alps, it is the perfect location for some of the best skiing in the world. However, while location is a great selling point, it does not in and of itself make a world-renowned ski resort. Let’s take a look at the best of Tignes, and see what does.
First and foremost, let’s talk about the skiing. With over 300KM of pistes to choose from, you’ll fit right in, whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned veteran. Find your favorite somewhere in the 1900 vertical meters between the Grande Motte Glacier and the resort. Try the boardpark, complete with rails, tables, all manner of jumps, and even a giant airbag so that you can test out your new tricks safely! Tignes is famous for its backcountry, so freeriders will feel right at home too. The resort has attracted numerous competitions, events and championships, including the Winter Olympics and the X-Games, which should give you an idea about the caliber of skiing offered there.
There are countless other once-in-a-lifetime activities at Tignes. Ice diving, driving or climbing will get your blood pumping. Paragliding and mountaineering will allow you see the world from a different perspective. Or, if something a little more tame is your style, you can always go ice skating or snowshoeing.
When looking for a place to sleep between all of this fun, choose from a basic room that will fit any budget, or anything up to a luxury chalet with all the amenities and pampering you can imagine. Many accommodations boast a ski-in/ski-out location, so getting to the pistes is that much faster and more convenient.
And whether from your room or high up on the mountain, Tignes offers spectacular scenery. Take the funicular, then the cable car to the top of the Grande Motte glacier, and gaze at the expanse of Vanoise National Park, as well as Mont Blanc, Grand Casse and Grande Sassiere.
At night, Tignes is a whole different world. There are several bars and nightclubs to choose from, and around 75 restaurants – some of which are located half-way up the mountain – so you’ll definitely find what you’re looking for. Catch a movie at the cinema, go bowling or shoot billiards, or for the readers out there, spend a quiet night in the library.
And though a great place to go in the winter months, the summer at Tignes is equally exhilarating! Go hiking, biking, try your hand at water sports, or have a relaxing day on the golf course. Of course, for the purists out there, summer skiing is still an option.
Tignes holds something for everyone, whether you’re an adrenaline junkie or want a relaxing holiday away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. So you see, it’s tough to say what is truly the best in Tignes, because the best is pretty much everything about it!
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