Summer Sports in Tignes: What to Do Off the Slopes
Destinations like Tignes are famous for snow sports, but does that mean that there’s nothing to do come summer? Actually, no – the sunny season is the perfect time for any activity lover to visit, since there’s just so much you can do. Below, you’ll find a brief introduction to what I think the best snow-less activities here are.
Bear in mind this is by no means an exhaustive list, so there are plenty more options out there if the below don’t tickle your fancy.
First on my list is cycling. The mountains are an absolutely gorgeous place to explore on two wheels, and I love the fact that there’s a really wide range of options in Tignes.
For example, if you’re into long-distance cycling, there are plenty of sizeable trails either beginning or ending at Tignes. For instance, there’s a particularly great route that runs from the lovely little town of Bourg Saint Maurice – which has lots of fantastic restaurants, by the way – all the way to Tignes. At 31.4 km long, it’s brilliant if you’re looking for a long ride that’s not too challenging.
Alternatively, if you fancy giving mountain biking a go, head to the Tignes-Val d’Isere Bike Park, which has decent runs for all abilities. If you’re something of an expert, for instance, tackle Rhododendron – one of the best red trails for miles around. For intermediate riders, the 15 km La Val Bleue is a good choice and ends with an exciting section of single-track riding.
And, as an added bonus, from June 29th to September 1st 2013, access to the park and lift passes are free.
I always think hiking is a brilliant activity on any holiday, largely because it gives you a pretty unbeatable chance to explore wherever you’re visiting in detail. Tignes has a 55,000-hectare recreation area that’s absolutely ideal for walking; it’s really well preserved, which means it’s got some wonderful scenery.
You can organize half-day or full-day trips with guides, or head out on your own – the choice is yours. Personally, I like exploring unspoilt areas when I hike, so the Nazonde walk in Tignes is a particular favorite of mine. This route starts at the les Brevieres tunnel and takes around an hour and 50 minutes to complete.
Last on my list is crazy airbag. One of the best things about coming to Tignes in the summer is the fact that you can try some truly weird and wonderful activities, and crazy airbag is definitely one of them.
So, what is it? Well, it’s pretty much as it sounds – there’s a big airbag on the ground, and a platform high above it; you jump off the platform and trust the airbag to catch you! You can make your leaps as simple or complicated as possible – but maybe don’t try somersaults on your first go!
What I particularly like about visiting Tignes in the summer is that you can enjoy the sun and try different activities, while still having all the fun typically associated with ski holidays. What I mean by that is that you’ll be able to hire a chalet in Tignes, so you get the same sense of camaraderie as with a snow sports holiday, as well as having amazing nights out in the same bars and clubs.