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1 of 4 Tignes Summer Ski
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3 of 4 Tignes Activities © (Monica Dalmasso)
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Tignes Le Lac & Val Claret

Tignes le Lac and Tignes Val Claret altitude resorts are the highest of all the Tignes villages and are conveniently placed for summer skiing due to their proximity of the funicular to the glacier.

Tignes is made up of Tignes Les Brévières (1550m), Tignes Les Boisses (1800m), Tignes Le Lavachet, and the purpose-built villages of Tignes le Lac and Val Claret (2100m). There is plenty to do in Tignes in the summer including skiing/snowboarding on the Grande Motte Glacier.

The Perce-Neige funicular transports skiers/pedestrians, from Val Claret at 2100m in 7 minutes, to the slopes of the Grande Motte. On arrival at 3032m, you can then transfer to the Grande Motte cable-car that brings you to 3456m (11,339 ft), the highest point in Tignes.

The Tignes Glacier rises from 2700m to 3600m and boasts 20km of ski runs, 12 lifts, 750m of vertical, a snow park and an ice grotto, not to mention having breathtaking views. From its summit of 3656m, the Grand Motte glacier dominates the surrounding area. Grande Motte Glacier is open during the summer months allowing freestylers to practice in the snow park or watch the professionals complete their summer training. For beginners, the soft summer snow is ideal.

Tignes is host to a whole array of activities in the summer including mountain biking sports. Tignes is a very popular destination with many British and French tourists alike due to the range of activities available. There are many bars and restaurants in each of the Tignes villages and 4 nightclubs up at 2100m.

Interested in buying an apartment in Tignes? See our Buying in the Alps section.

Top summer activities to experience in Tignes

Tignes Summer Ski
The Perce-Neige funicular transports skiers/pedestrians, from Val Claret at 2100m in 7 minutes, to the slopes of the Grande Motte. On arrival at 3032m, you can then transfer to the Grande Motte cable-car that brings you to 3456m (11,339 ft), the highest point in Tignes.

Ski on the 20 km of pistes of the glacier, try new tricks on the snowpark, go cross-country skiing and improve your suntan on the terrace of the Panoramic restaurant in unique surroundings!

From 23/06 to 29/06, Funiculaire, Vanoise chairlift, Rosolin ski-tow, Panoramique chairlift – From 7:15 to 13:00

From 30/06 to 05/08, Funiculaire, Vanoise chairlift, Rosolin ski-tow, Champagny, Termignon (ex. 3500), fil-neige Corniche, fil-neige Snowpark. Open from 7:15 to 13:00 – Last lift down at 16:35

Contact us to book your lift passes and equipment! Speak to our Alpine specialists on 023 9283 9310 or email us at

Please note Peak Retreats do not book any of the activities below and most activities are payable.

Tignes Mountain biking
Tignes Val d'Isère Bike Park is open in July and August. Access is FREE! Enjoy unlimited trails and MTB lifts with Tignes and Val d’Isère thanks to 5 free lifts:
Tignes - Palafour chairlift, Tufs chairlift, Tovière gondola (access to Val d'Isère)
Val d'Isere - Olympique cable car, Borsat chairlift

You will need:
- Specific equipment (MTB designed for downhill, all mountain or cross-country)
- Specific body protections: helmets are compulsory and other body protections highly recommended (for your back, knees, elbows, hands etc.)
- Basic knowledge in mountain biking, that you can learn from an instructor

Downhill (DH) trails:
GREEN: beginners
BLUE: improver
RED: advanced
BLACK: expert
All mountain (AM) (ex. enduro) - all mountain trails go mainly down but can feature some portions going uphill and are quite technical. Best for experienced riders!
Cross-country (XC) - both cross-country tracks feature ascents and descents as well as flat portions. For tough riders!

Or try yourself in the bike park!

Tignes Cycling
Discover Tignes on your bicycle thanks to the many routes that start from Tignes or lead to the resort...
A few examples:
- Bourg Saint Maurice - Tignes / 31.4 km / 1.450 m difference in height!
- Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise - Tignes
- Tignes - Col de l'Iseran
Check all these routes and many more on the official website of Savoie Mont Blanc. GPS info: 
Time yourself and compare your result with the other riders' thanks to the Timtoo device! Rent (€3) or buy (€26,50) a microchip at the welcome desk of the Lagon. Then go to to create your personal account. Finally, pass in front of the red start terminal and the final terminal to calculate your time!

The Lagon
Swimming Pool - 25-m swimming pool, water slide, bubble bath, toddler paddling pool, waterfall...During the summer the access to the "Lagon" is FREE with your ski pass (for the glacier).
Gym - rowing machines, bikes, weight-training machines, dumbbells, weights, pull-up bars, bench press, exercise benches, medicine balls, treadmills…
Exercise studio

Tignespace Sports Centre
1600m² area dedicated to team & individual sports including handball, volleyball, basketball, trampolines, tennis, badminton, squash, ping pong, 900m² athletics zone (5 lane 80m sprint/hurdle track, pole vaulting pit, long/triple jump, high jump, golf simulator plus climbing wall.
Climbing wall - An FFME (French Mountaineering and Climbing Federation) certified climbing wall with:
- Bouldering wall (bloc): 9m long x 5m high
- Beginner wall: 15 belay stations, 8m long x 7m high
- Experienced to expert area: 55 belay stations, 34m climbing wall x 16m high, 6 and 8m high overhangs

Activity areas
Sports beach at Tignes le Lac - crazy airbag, tennis, table tennis, beach volleyball, beach soccer, beach rugby, basketball, football, multisports areas, trampolining, pétanque, balance bike, roller skate and skateboard hire, children’s games, inflatables for children.
Val Claret Base - tennis, paddle-tennis, football and rugby on the Fabien Galthié and Eric Cantona pitches, volleyball, archery, air rifle shooting, horse riding, children’s games.
Watersports base at Tignes le Lac - pedalos, Stand-up paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, catamaran sailing, Acroland: hot-jump, water jump, blob jump.
Tignes 1800 - sports pitch.
Tignes les Brevieres - tennis, pétanque, children’s games.

Tignes Tennis
The resort offers 20 outdoor courts – more than Roland Garros!
Sports Beach (Tignes le Lac)
Lavachet Activities' Area
Val Claret and Brevieres activities' area

Other activity contact details 

Please note: All the above information is for information only. For the most up-to-date information please visit the resort tourist office website. All prices for activities are in local currency (€ Euros) and are bookable and payable locally in resort. 

Tignes 1800 Tourist Office
0033 479 40 04 40

Restaurants and bars in Tignes

There is no shortage of restaurants or bars with nearly 60 of each to choose from in the Tignes area. There are also a few nightclubs open until the early (or late!) hours (2 in Val Claret and 1 in Le Lac).

There are 5 restaurants and 2 bars in Les Brevieres and also 3 restaurants (plus 2 bars) in Tignes 1800.

Tignes amenities

Supermarkets (mini), sports shops, bakeries, boulangeries, gift shops, many more. The bulk of the shops are in Tignes le Lac and Tignes Val Claret.

Accessing Tignes

By Road (self drive options pre-bookable with Peak Retreats): 
A430 Chambery – Albertville, dual carriageway to Moutiers, N90 to Bourg-St-Maurice, D902 to Tignes.

Warning: if you use a GPS it may advise you to go through the Petit Saint Bernard or Iseran pass. Remember that these passes are closed in winter!

By Rail (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats): 
Daily train and TGV services to Bourg-St-Maurice.

By Plane (not pre-bookable):
Chambery is 135km from Tignes (1 ¾ hours)

Grenoble Airport is 204km from Tignes (2 ½ hours)

Lyon is 211km from Tignes (2 ½ hours)

Geneva is 214km from Tignes (2 ½ hours)

Shuttle bus -

Tignes Airport Transfer or Car Hire (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email for a quote and availability.

Parking in Tignes
Tignes altitude villages are car-free. There are lots of car parks dotted around the resort and under accommodations. You will need to leave your car in one of these.

Shuttles around Tignes
Tignes has developed its own free shuttle service: 23 stops from Tignes 1800 to Tignes Val Claret Grande Motte.

Tignes Resort News 2019

  • Tignes Unveils World's Largest and Highest ‘Open-Top’ Cable Car - Tignes has unveiled its upgraded Grande Motte glacier cable car, and the big news is that now you can ride up on top of the cabins. Climbing from 3,034m to 3456m in five minutes, the cable car originally opened in 1975 and the new cabins are part of a full overhaul of the area which includes the creation of ‘Altitude Experiences’ which will include a viewing platform and indoor exhibition accessible to all and due to open in May next year as part of the full 17 million upgrade project. The two new ‘open-top’ cabins designed in Switzerland by Garaventa AG will offer passengers a unique 360-degree view of one of the most beautiful panoramas of the French Alps with views of Mont Blanc, the Cime de Bellecôte and the Aiguille de la Grande Sassière (3,747 m). Each cabin can hold 100 people indoors and 20 on the roof. However, the rooftop open-air sections will not operate in autumn and winter due to likely weather conditions at altitude, and will first be open to the public next May - see Tignes Val Claret &  Le LacTignes 1800 and Tignes Les Brevieres in summer. 

Summer ski opening dates

For summer skiing (on Grande Motte Glacier): from Saturday the 22nd of June 22nd, 2019 till Sunday the 4th of August, 2019 included
For pedestrians and MTB (Tignes & Val d’Isère area): from Saturday the 29th of June 2019 till Sunday the 1st of September 2019

“MY TIGNES” (summer activities card): up to 16 summer activities will be available, depending on the age, and the option chosen (children 13 years old & less, adults 14 years old & more, “Gold” card allowing some extensions to the adult usual card). It will be provided for FREE by your accommodation owner, on arrival!
Examples of activities: archery, crazy airbag, tennis, canoe, stand up paddle, swimming pool, lifts for the Bike Park or pedestrians, etc…At participating accommodation...

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