Top 5 Winter Activities in Tignes
Situated in the vast Espace Killy ski area, Tignes has a plethora of winter activities to offer both skiers and non-skiers alike.
Purpose-built in the 1970s as a ski resort, Tignes lies at the heart of the western half of the expansive Espace Killy linked ski area, with access to an incredible 300 km of slopes to explore with a maximum altitude of 3,456m. For those who don’t wish to ski, there are multiple activities to enjoy, from ice skating and dog sledding to paragliding and ice diving.
1. Soar high above the magnificent mountain landscapes
Tignes is a wonderful place to ski during your holidays in France, but it's also a great destination to try some paragliding, admiring the snowy mountain landscape from far above. Paragliding, or parapente in French, is enjoyable all year round, but in the winter above the snow-covered mountains, it is truly magical. Enjoy a sense of freedom and adventure as you soar and glide like a bird and contemplate the world below. You don’t need to be a serious athlete to take part, you just need to be able to sit back, relax and enjoy the views as you glide peacefully on high. Landing is usually straightforward and gives an impact similar to jumping off a step.
Suitable for all levels, from beginners to experts, with tandem flights and lessons available, you will be under the watchful eye of a qualified instructor at all times. Price per session from 85 EUR.
2. Enjoy a breathtaking dog sled ride over the frozen lake
Located in the heart of the resort, the frozen lake is the perfect place to enjoy an exhilarating ride by dog sled. The dog teams comprise three breeds, the Husky, Samoyed and Malamute, all with amazing physical abilities, and they love running in the cold. Wrap up warmly and trust the dogs’ instinct as they guide you almost effortlessly through the quiet, pristine wilderness. You can sit back and enjoy the ride or if you prefer, you can learn how to harness the dogs, lead the pack and drive the sled yourself - a must for dog lovers and an original way to explore.
Prices start at 70 EUR for a discovery ride and 80 EUR for an introduction to mushing.
3. Discover a magical world underwater
Tignes’ natural frozen lake is one of the many wonders of the Tignes-Val d’Isère area. The ice on the surface is between one and two metres thick and every day it reforms, creating a myriad of shapes, light and shadow that are simply magical when seen from below the ice under water.
Take a day off from skiing and on-land activities for a winter ice-dive experience in a whole different world under the ice. It’s a truly peaceful experience as you watch the air bubbles rising to reach the surface. Fully supervised by professional divers, with all equipment and facilities provided, this is an activity open to all levels, from total beginners to recognised qualified divers (PADI or other), and specialised PADI courses are also available.
Prices start at 95 EUR for an ice dive by day, and 130 EUR for night ice diving.
4. Dare to experience the exhilaration and thrills of a Bun J ride
The Bun J Ride ski jump is a thrilling adrenaline-boosting combination of ski jumping, bungee jumping and zip wire. After attaching two elasticated mobile bungee cords to a harness around your waist, you travel down a 30m runway then jump into a 40m abyss, with the bungee cords providing security and following your trajectory. Once you are stable, the system locks and you then zoom down the zip wire to the ground. Although it may look rather terrifying to spectators, the facilities are approved by the Alpes Contrôles company and correspond to the AFNOR NF52S norms. It’s great fun and a fantastic way to pretend you are Eddie the Eagle!
Prices start at 75 EUR per jump. Age and weight restrictions apply.
5. Show your skills behind the wheel and discover ice driving
Discover all the tricks and skills of ice driving at a specially designed track in Tignes les Brévières. If you have always wanted to perform stunts and tricks on ice at the wheel of a high performance car, then this is for you. With tuition for beginners and advanced drivers alike, you will learn how to take corners and bends at high speeds, controlling skids, emergency braking, counter-steering and much more, in the company of certified instructors.
Private lesson from 70 EUR. Drivers need to be over 16 years and know how to drive (driving licence not essential).