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1 of 4 Tignes Summer Ski
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3 of 4 Tignes Activities © (Monica Dalmasso)
4 of 4 Tignes Mountain Biking © (Monica Dalmasso)

Tignes Les Brevieres

At the bottom of the dam at an altitude of 1550m, Tignes les Brevieres is one of the lower, more traditional villages of Tignes.

Originally, there were just two villages making up Tignes - Tignes Les Brevieres and Tignes itself. Both had existed since the 13th century. Les Brevieres housed 5000 workers in a series of huts when the dam was built. This had earned the village the title of the 'Wild West of Savoie' during the construction as men came from all over France to earn fortunes only to lose them again gambling, drinking and fighting in the many temporary bars and casinos. Fortunately, once the clean up was completed, Les Brevieres remained pretty much intact.

Unspoilt by large-scale modern development, this is still very much a corner of the real France - most of the village restaurants and bars are family run. It is also considerably cheaper to stay in than its better-known altitude neighbours, each 15 minutes away by road.

Tignes nowadays 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

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

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 June 25th get FREE access to the Lagon swimming pool with your 2-to-10 day Tignes ski pass.
The summer ski area is open to skiers from June 25th to August 7th 2016:
- June 25th - July 1st: 4 ski lifts are planned: Funicular + Cable car + Vanoise & Rosolin chairlifts
- July 3rd - August 7th: Glacier area access by funicular.

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
DOUBLE BLACK: elite
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: www.savoie-mont-blanc.com/en 
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 www.timtoo.com 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 les Brevieres Tourist Office
0033 479 40 04 40
www.tignes.net

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, tabac...plus many more. The bulk of the shops are in Tignes le Lac and Tignes Val Claret.

In Tignes 1800 there is a Spar supermarket and boulangerie/bakery shop. In Les Brevieres there is a Sherpa supermarket, post office.

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 les Brevieres.

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)
www.chambery-airport.com

Grenoble Airport is 204km from Tignes (2 ½ hours)
www.grenoble-airport.com

Lyon is 211km from Tignes (2 ½ hours)
www.lyonairport.com

Geneva is 214km from Tignes (2 ½ hours)
www.gva.ch/en

Shuttle bus - www.satobus-alps.com

Tignes Airport Transfer or Car Hire (pre-bookable with Peak Retreats):
Call our reservations team for details on 0844 576 0170 or email reservations@peakretreats.co.uk 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

The summer ski on the Grande Motte glacier will be open from June 23rd to August 5th 2018.

The bike park will be open from June 30th to September 2nd 2018.

Accommodation in Tignes Les Brevieres

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