Things to do in Tignes
Ski your socks off
Tignes is known for being one of the most beautiful resorts on the European ski scene. Few things can beat gliding down a run while enjoying the stunning surroundings on a sunny day. Unfortunately, the sunny days aren’t always guaranteed and Tignes’ lack of trees does mean that visibility is sometimes poor. But Tignes certainly compensates for this, with the best snow and views in the Alps and extremely well maintained terrain. The nursery slopes of Tignes-le-Lac and Le Lavachet are the perfect places to take your first skiing steps. They are snow sure, well maintained and free of through traffic. Intermediates will love the wide expansive runs, especially on the Grande Motte glacier. While powder junkies have so much to explore in the off-piste areas of the Grande, Petite Balmes, and the Grande Balme. Freestylers should do the leg work and explore their way around Tignes’ famous snow parks, host to the European Winter X Games.
Après ski to after party
Tignes’ fragmented villages mean that knowing the best après ski bars and clubs in the resort is crucial to having an unforgettable night. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to wind down or somewhere to liven up your evening, there is a great choice. Après ski in Tignes should begin La Folie Douce, a real favourite with skiers because of the great atmosphere and lively vibe. Loop and The Drop Zone have excellent bands playing live music. In Val Claret skiers can relax next to a roaring log fire at the Alpaka Lodge. For a more light-hearted event, enjoy some stand-up comedy at the The Loop bar, which also has live music and DJ sets.
From local restaurants to tourists’ favourites, there are some key recommended spots to try in Tignes where diners will leave fully satisfied. Mountain restaurants are recommended for a dinner or an indulgent lunch; Hotel l’Arbina is popular and has an excellent wine list. The Aspen Coffee Shop in Val Claret is always busy and full of locals, probably something to do with the generous portion sizes for reasonable prices. Lo Soli serves hearty and homely meals, the stews are sure to warm your insides and if that doesn’t quite do the trick, the log fire certainly will.
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