Flying in to Geneva Airport and booking a private transfer with Mountain Drop-offs means you can be in Tignes resort and getting your skis on within three hours.
The beauty of Tignes, of course, is that the two main resort centres of Tignes le Lac and Tignes Val Claret are perfectly snow-sure, at 2100m and 2127m respectively.
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And if you're hesitating over the decision of hiring a car or going for an airport transfer to Tignes, we can honestly say you do not need a car in resort with free navette buses running 24hrs between Val Claret, Le Lac and Lavachet and lifts in every direction. What's more, during the winter season paid parking in one of the municipale covered or open air car parks on the periphery of the resorts is obligatory.
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A winter holiday in Tignes is a delight. The whole area is totally geared up for holidaymakers with those car-free resort centres so the young and the not-so-young kids can run around and chuck snowballs pretty much care-free. There's a full range of accommodation styles and budgets and a modern, expansive lift system that means you can move around the mountain efficiently and easily.
Indeed some may say Tignes is ugly, but we say it's functional and it works. Whilst it may not be the prettiest of mountain resorts, from nearly every hotel, chalet or apartment in Tignes you can ski right to and from the door and the choice of lifts and pistes is immense. And let's face it, Tignes is all about making the most of the outdoors, not staying in an apartment admiring a fancy stone fireplace or such like. In fact, over 95% of visitors to Tignes indulge in at least one sporting activity each day of their stay, so the place certainly lives up to its sporty reputation!
For those dedicated skiers and boarders, Tignes can't be beaten. You feel like you've landed on the moon when you arrive in Tignes le Lac or Val Claret, as it sits in a huge curved bowl. And at 2100m +, you might well feel the affects of the altitude and that's hardly surprising when you think the top of the UK's highest mountain Ben Nevis is 1344m. Yes, Tignes is a serious mountain resort!
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It's not just skiing in Tignes
As soon as your Mountain Drop-offs driver has dropped you off in resort you'll want to explore. If you're in Le Lac you can't miss the actual lake, usually frozen over in winter with cross country ski pistes and husky sledging trails and there's a walking path to Val Claret too.
This is the heart of the action in Tignes with the town hall and the main tourist office here, as well as the lovely 'Lagon' pool and spa centre. It's also home to the biggest New Year's Eve snow party we've ever seen. Every year superstar DJs like David Guetta and Bob Sinclar spin the platters that matter in the snowy winter wonderland to huge crowds of Tignaddicts (as fans of Tignes are affectionately known!), along with circus acts and a very impressive fireworks display that lights up the mountains. What's more, it's all free, so we can't think of a better way to bring in the New Year!
The lake is also where you can go ice diving, immersing yourself in an incredible underwater world, where the silence is enthralling and the shards of daylight dance on the frozen surface. If you're a gung-ho type, try the Le Bun-J Ride which is basically ski jumping combined with bungee jumping and a zip wire at 3000m. Get harnessed up, strap on your skis or board, pelt down the 30m ski jump, fly into the air, get bounced by the bungee cords and then be whizzed along back down to earth by the zip wire!
And if all that still doesn't satiate your need for adrenaline, head to the bespoke circuit in Tignes Les Brevieres for an ice driving experience. You can get behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza equipped with studded tyres and go power sliding around the corners sending plumes of snow into the air!
Tignes in The Summer
If you're booking a transfer from Geneva to the sunny slopes of Tignes in the summer months, don't forget to bring your skis with you, as glacier skiing on the Grande Motte opens from around the end of June to the end of August (depending on conditions). Access is via the very impressive and very fast underground funicular and the cable car of the same name in Val Claret.
You might want to bring a mountain bike with you as the ski runs are open 07:00 to 13:30, leaving you all afternoon to enjoy the bike parks and trails. In fact, there's a plethora of summer activities in Tignes, including free access to the 'Lagon' water sports centre with your ski pass of two days or longer, a golf course, water sports on the lake and hiking.
And don't be surprised if you find yourself rubbing shoulders with some burly rugby players or football stars having a kick about on the roof of the Tignespace multisport hall, as the resort is a centre for altitude sport training with the likes of the French national rugby and football teams, Olympique Lyonnais and Toulon clubs all training in Tignes.
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