With its accessibility, altitude, great accommodation and fabulous 300km of pistes networked with neighbouring Val d’Isere, Tignes is one of the most popular and snow sure ski resorts in Europe. If you’re planning a ski holiday in a catered chalet, Tignes should be right at the top of your considerations. |
But what makes a ski resort a great one goes beyond even those factors mentioned above. Because while naturally we’re there for skiing, there’s got to be enough to keep all members of your group (be they family or friends) happy and entertained.
What to Do in Tignes When You’re Not Skiing The good news is that while in terms of the skiing and availability of accommodation in a catered chalet, Tignes has some fantastic offerings, there is also a wealth of things to do both on and off the slopes if you want to hang up your ski boots for a few hours.
Watersports and Wellness The local watersports centre is a hub of excellent facilities and a great place to while away an afternoon. As well as a 25m swimming pool where you can do laps, there’s also a wave pool, water slides, fully-equipped gym, sauna, steam room, hot tubs and even an ice bath.
If you prefer to stay dry you might want to spend a few hours at the Tignespace sporting complex. Some of the many activities on offer include tennis, squash, badminton, trampolines, a bouldering wall and a climbing wall (the climbing wall requires you to have your own rope and harness).
Catch a Movie
Val Claret has a two-screen cinema where you can relax in front of a host of new release features – including 3D movies. There are a couple of screenings in the evenings and often also during the day, if the weather precludes a good day out on the slopes. You can find out what’s on at the local tourist office and the cinema features films for both adults and children.
Hit the Lanes
If bowling’s your bag you’re in luck, as there’s a ten-lane bowling alley in La Lac. When you’ve exhausted your skills with a bowling ball you can also play a few games on the pool tables.
Looking for the ultimate rest day for your aching ski muscles? Treat yourself to a pampering day at one of the many luxury spas in the resort. As well as a range of beauty treatments and facials, you can indulge in massage, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam rooms.
Mountain Biking on the Snow
Avid mountain bikers are in for a treat with one of the more unusual activities available here. While you may be used to tearing down a hillside in the summer, when you get to do it on snow it offers a whole new level of fun! After the pistes close to skiers it’s the turn of the snow bikers, and this exciting sport will leave you breathless for all the right reasons.
This is one for the true adventurer, and heading beneath the surface of the frozen lake is one of the most unique experiences you’ll ever have. Participants don a special ‘dry suit’ and lower themselves into a hole in the ice to explore a very unusual underwater world. The activity is safe, highly supervised and suitable for even someone who’s never dived before.
Every Day’s a Fun Day in Tignes
The array of things to do both on and off the slopes is exactly why so many people choose this popular resort to book a catered chalet. Tignes not only offers some of the best high altitude skiing in Europe, it’s also got a superb range of accommodation and all those things mentioned above. So, is it top of your list yet?
Tim Heal is the founder of Chaletline, a travel agency offering catered chalet accommodation in worldwide ski resorts. With an extensive knowledge of resorts and excellent post booking care, they pride themselves on the personal touch they offer to each and every client. If you're looking for a catered chalet, Tignes is just one of the superb ski resorts in which they can quickly and efficiently match you with the perfect accommodation. Catering for individuals, couples and groups up to 50, the knowledgeable Chaletline team will help you choose the right chalet in the right resort.
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