There is certainly no shortage of ski resorts in Europe, but travelers who crave great slopes with quaint villages will love the French area of Tignes. In the southeast part of the country, Tignes is easy to get to, has a stunning landscape, and plenty of excellent winter activities for people of all ages. It has many modern conveniences like shopping and dining, and its five villages offer something different for everyone.
A Beautiful Landscape that is Easy To Get To
Located in the Rhône-Alpes region, Tignes can be reached from Lyon, Geneva, or Chambery airports. It is part of the Tignes Val d’Isère ski area, which is one of the largest in the Alps.
The area’s natural landscape is combined with a massive man-made dam and lake, and includes a giant natural glacier and a number of mountainside lakes that are fed by it. Today these features are used for everything from ice fishing, to ice skating, to even swimming and ice diving for the most daring out there.
Top Quality Skiing
Tignes offers hands-down some of the best skiing in the region; it’s no wonder that it was the location of freestyle skiing in the 1992 Winter Olympics. From 2010 to 2013 the resort was also home to the European version of the popular Winter X Games, which highlights the best snowboarders and extreme skiers from around the world.
If you require a car then something like this car hire Geneva Airport website may be just what you are looking for. You can add all the usual ski equipment necessary during the booking process. The prices are quite competitive based on our research. It is hard to beat the flexibility and value for money hiring a car offers when visiting Tignes and its environs.
Tignes has almost 80 total lifts, and most are, designed to maximize speed in getting up the mountain. Three of these are gondolas, 21 are chairlifts, and there is even a cable car. There are 80 total trails in the area, covering nearly 300 kilometres of ground, with most of them blue. The trails go up to almost 3,500 metres in height, with runs designed for all levels.
One of the biggest appeals of Tignes is that the location next to the Grande Motte glacier used to mean that skiing was available all year long. In recent years climate change has had an impact on the size of the glacier, so it is now closed for nearly a month or more each year. However, visitors can take the funicular to the cable car up the Grande Motte, to the resort’s highest altitude of 3,456 metres.
Today thrill-seekers can engage in modern winter sports, like snow-kiting, go karts on ice, heli-skiing, and even bungee jumping.