The Tignes Ski Area
Tignes has long prided itself on being a resort with something to offer 365 days a year. With a top altitude of 3,456m, the Grande Motte glacier has been used for summer skiing since 1967. The best snow sports athletes train here and return to compete in major sporting events.
But it is above all, the 300km of pistes in the interlinked Tignes Val d'Isère ski area which make this such an exceptional mountain playground. Numerous competitions take place in this natural arena including World Championships and European Cup events. During the 1992 Winter Olympics, Tignes was also the venue for three freestyle skiing events - moguls (a first-time Olympic event), ski acrobatics, and aerials.
Tignes was voted France's most sporting town by L'Équipe newspaper in 2008. And not without reason, since skiing is not the only activity practiced in this huge area. You can also try ice diving in winter, enjoy the 3km Palafou toboggan run, try out snow tubing, or go for a dog sled ride. And the more adventurous can amuse themselves in the many off-piste ski couloirs.*
In spite of adopting the slogan "Tignes - the sportiest ski resort" several years ago, the commune has gone out of its way to also cater for families and complete beginners. The "1,2,3 ... SKI START" nursery areas are equipped with free magic carpets and button lifts, specially equipped for discovering skiing in complete safety.