A trip to the French Alps this summer needn't break the bank. Check out our favourite free (and cheap) family activities available to Tignes holidaymakers this season.

1) Lavachet Activities Area

When? 28 June to 31 August

What you need to know: Guests staying in Tignes are entitled to a Sportignes card (one per person) with which you can enjoy 20 sporting activities within the area for free.

Activities include: ‘Beach’ activities such as beach soccer, beach volley, catamaran... Family activities such as pedal boat, swimming pool, trampoline... Other activities such as water-jump, hot-jumping, blob jump, stand-up-paddle, Crazy Airbag...Advanced reservation is compulsory for some activities. You can obtain your Sportignes card from your accommodation on site.

Further information: For more information visit the Tignes Tourist Office website or call +33 (0)4 79 40 04 40

2) Bike Park Tignes and Val d’Isere

When? 28 June to 31 August 2014, 7 days a week

Chairlift times: Palafour chairlift: 10am-1pm / 1:30pm-5pmToviere gondola: 10am-12:30pm / 1pm-5pm(access to Val d’Isère MTB trails) Tufs chairlift: 10am – 1pm / 1:30pm - 5pm (access to Val d’Isère MTB trails) Olympique cable car: 9:45am-noon / 12:30pm-4:45pm Borsat chairlift: 10:15am-12:30pm / 1pm-4:25pm (access to Tignes MTB trails).

WARNING: last lift from Val d’Isère to Tignes via the Borsat chairlift at 4:25pm.

What you need to know: Free shuttle bus Unlimited trails and lifts – get your lift pass from the Maison de Tignes welcome desk. Green, blue, red, black and double black trails to suit all abilities.

Further information: More information from the Tignes Tourist Office - Tel: + 33 (0)4 79 40 04 40

3) Hiking

When? All summer.

What you need to know: Summer walks are a great way of exploring Tignes and the surrounding countryside. Access 55,000-hectares of recreation area, part of which is within the Vanoise National Park Pedestrian lift passes (Toviere and Palafour) are free until the end of August.

Further information: More information from the Tignes Tourist Office, call +33 (0)4 79 40 04 40

4) Indoor climbing wall

When? 21 June 21 to 31 August Open every day from 10 am to 9 pm

What you need to know: Indoor climbing wall in the Tignespace

Prices: Just €5 per adult and €4 per child (under 12 years)

Other activities/facilities available at Tignespace include volleyball and basketball court hire, roller hockey link, trampolines, tennis, athletics zone, fitness classes and a weight room.

Further information: To find out more visit the Tignespace website or call +33 (0)4 79 40 26 60

5) Marmo Jump

When? Throughout the summer

What you need to know: Great for kids and situated on the lake shore, this amusing soft play children’s area offers an array of inflatables, including a giraffe, panda and frog ball pool.

Price: €2 per child per session

Further information: For further information call +33 (0)6 81 52 31 69