Every guest who stays with us for more than three nights, receives a FREE My Tignes Open activity card. Not only is the vast downhill bike park of Tignes/Val d’Isère with over 150 km of trails totally free, there is free access to three pedestrian lifts and all of the following activities:
- Crazy airbag and mtb airbags
- Access to over 25 marked summer trails
- Acroland with hot jump
- Water sports centre; kayak, pedal boat, stand-up paddle boards
- Indoor swimming pool with exterior sun terrace
- Beach volley ball, beach football and multi-sport practice area
- Outdoor tennis courts
- Air rifle shooting
Take advantage of the free, lift accessed bike park in Tignes/Val D’Isère as well as the countless other trails around the valley either as a part of a multi-activity holiday or a dedicated MTB trip.
- Top of the range enduro and mountain bikes for hire through our partner Startline.
- Fully qualified English-speaking guides with local rider knowledge available to book.
- Workshop facilities and secure bike storage.
- Bike wash area.
- Knowledgeable in-house bike mechanics.
- Chalet located within the Tignes bike park with easy access to Val D’Isère bike park.
- Close proximity to world class trails for the fully guided experience.
- Clothing & safety equipment for hire.
- FREE bike park passes.
- Bike trailer and FREE shuttle bus.
The French Alps are a mecca for road cyclists of all abilities. With so many mountain passes, valleys and roads to ride and stunning scenery every pedal of the way, the Alps are perfectly suited to the sport. Add to this the French culture of cycling and events such as the Tour de France and you can’t beat these locations!
The cycling season generally starts as soon as the snow melts and the enthusiasts can get back on their bikes. This can be any time from the end of April, with higher altitude cols not reopening until the end of June. It’s then possible to cycle all the way until October, unless winter comes early.
In Tignes there are numerous road cycling routes on the doorstep of Chalet Hôtel Les Mélèzes, including the Col de Petit St Bernard, the Col de l’Iseran and the Cormet de Roselend. Shorter rides to acclimatise to the altitude are also in abundance, with Tignes Le Lac only 3 km away and a beautiful cycle to Sassière only 11 km from Tignes Les Boisses.
Many of the mountain passes are clearly signposted with kilometre markers to keep you motivated – or not as the case may be! If you are travelling by car, there are a vast number of cols and stunning routes you could cycle.
Road cycling is such a big part of the local culture in the Alps and each year to celebrate this, a number of cols are closed off to cars for the day in an event called “1jour1col” to allow cyclists to enjoy the roads with only their fellow riders as company.
SUMMER SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
If visiting the mountains is all about snow for you, don’t let the summer stop you! Tignes is perfectly placed below the Grande Motte glacier – France’s highest skiable glacier making it possible to ride at high altitude (3,550 m) during the summer months. The glacier is open during July and August, dates depending on the suitability of snow conditions.
Whether you’re a novice, keen to give skiing or snowboarding a try or a more experienced rider wanting to improve your skills, we can help to arrange ski or snowboard lessons during summer opening times. Chalet Hôtel Les Mélèzes provides in-house equipment hire; we have a full range of skis and snowboards for any ability.
The glacier is open all summer for pedestrians. Admire the impressive views of the glacier and surrounding peaks; Grande Casse, Grande Sassière, Mont Pourri and the Mont Blanc range. Soak up the sunshine or enjoy lunch in the panoramic restaurant.
Whether you’re a novice keen to give skiing or snowboarding a try or a more experienced rider wanting to improve your skills, we can help to arrange ski or snowboard lessons during summer opening times.
We recommend the following Ski & Snowboard Schools:
TDC – Tignes Ski School specialists
Rebel Alliance Snowboarding – British Snowboard School in Tignes
Evolution 2 – Great for group lessons
ESF – Ecole Du Ski Français Ski & Snowboard School
Chalet Hôtel Les Mélèzes provides in-house equipment hire; we have a full range of skis and snowboards for any ability.
The glacier is open all summer for pedestrians. Admire the impressive views of the glacier and surrounding peaks; Grande Casse, Grande Sassière, Mont Pourri and the Mont Blanc range. Soak up the sunshine or enjoy lunch in the Panoramic restaurant.
HIGH WIRE ADVENTURE
This forest adventure park situated in Val D’Isère is made up of 80 different types of apparatus (including monkey bridges, rope ladders, tarzan swings, zip slides etc). There is a special course designed for children aged 4 or taller than 1 metre and then four levels for older children and adults. The most challenging is for sporty types aged 13 and over. A safety briefing, harness, double lanyards, pulleys, carabiners & gloves are all provided. People accompanying can watch from the ground.
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WHITE WATER RAFTING
Experience the excitement of riding this world class stretch of river. Originating in the ski resort of Val d’Isère, the river Isère offers an exciting variety of whitewater with something for everyone. The first 10 km down to the Gothard Lake is an ideal run for childrens’ trips and further on are the notorious Aime rapids, the spectacular Virgin’s Gorge finishing in the Centron rapids.
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Canyoning, sometimes known as gorge walking, involves the descent of a gorge using various techniques: abseiling, jumping or sliding into pools. The gorges have eroded to form a natural aqua land set in fabulous surroundings. This activity has a guaranteed thrill factor and is open to everyone loving the water! Participants must be in good physical condition, minimum age 12. Wetsuit, jacket, wetsuit socks, safety helmet, harness and descender are all provided. Bring your own trainers (which will get wet), swimsuit and towel. Click here for more info.
An airboat is an inflatable based on the form of the kayak. Sitting upright, the knee straps hold you in leaving your hands free for the double-paddle. It is extremely stable allowing novices to experience the sensations of white-water kayaking from their first trip. Safety helmet, lifejacket, wetsuit and wetsuit socks and a wind stopper are all provided. Bring your own swimsuit, towel and trainers, which will get wet. For more information click here.
You don’t need to be a cross channel swimmer for this activity, but you do need to like water and be at home in it! The challenge is to learn the art of using fins, once achieved, hydrospeed is straight forward. Your guide will explain the basics of navigating down river, how to enter and leave the current and the safety rules. Safety helmet, life jacket, full wetsuit, jacket, wetsuit booties, fins and board are all provided. You will need to bring your own swim suit and towel. Click here for more info.
Paragliding is a thrilling way to see the Alps from a very different perspective. Tandem flights are possible for everyone, you just need to be able to run at take off and absorb the gentle impact of the landing. The pilot will explain the basics of aeronautics and his experience will enable you to fly the wing yourself if the conditions permit. The pilots fly every day all through the year and are passionate and knowledgeable about their sport.
Safety helmet, harness and up-to-date wing are all provided. You will be asked for your weight when booking as this may affect the timing of your flight.
Via Ferrata means ‘iron paths’ – a mountain route, equipped with fixed cables, ladders, and bridges. They were first constructed in the Dolomites during the First World War, to help troops cross the mountains.
Today, routes have been created throughout the Alps to allow a form of rock climbing in total security, yet still keeping the thrills. It is open to all levels, guiding and essential safety equipment are available.
Horse riding is offered in Tignes Le Lac and Le Manchet, Val d’Isère. Both offer guided treks for beginners to advanced riders, from 30 minutes to two hours. Treks take in the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and some treks cross streams and alpine meadows. The centres also offer riding lessons. Helmets provided.
Guests can take advantage of the 25 metre indoor pool in Tignes Le Lac for free during the summer with their My Tignes Open card (number of free visits are limited and depend on the length of your holiday). Le Lagon has three pools (childrens, play and sport) a slide, bubble pool, a waterfall and sunbathing on the grass outside. A number of aqua-fit classes take place in the swimming pool and swimming lessons are also available. Le Lagon has a sauna and steam room (additional costs apply) and a state of the art gym for all fitness enthusiasts.
For outdoor swimming, we use the lake down the valley in Le Gothard. The lake offers a water feature, pontoon, beach area and children’s safe zone in shallow water. There are sunbathing, picnic and BBQ areas, which we make use of on the bike ride activity from Bourg St Maurice to Le Gothard, Aime. Additional facilities include a bar restaurant with exterior sunny terrace, a trampoline and zorbing balls to hire as well as a High Wire.
It is not possible to swim at the lake in Tignes as it is glacial water and a bit too cold without a wetsuit!
Just one and a half hour’s drive from Tignes on the northern tip of Lake Annecy lies this beautiful historic city. Wander around the old town, take a guided tour or shop in the city’s various stores and boutiques. Alternatively, spend your time by the lake where swimming, sunbathing, pedalos and wake-boarding are all available. Geneva is just thirty minutes further than Annecy and is another enjoyable day trip.
In summer, when the snow has melted, the Col de Petit St Bernard opens and offers easy access from Tignes to the Roman city of Aosta. It is approximately one and a half hour’s drive and en route you can stop in La Thuile and enjoy a gelato or pizza or a little bit further on is Pré St Didier, where the wonderful thermal baths are a fabulous way to spend your day relaxing. Further information on the thermal spa can be found here.
MANY MORE ACTIVITIES
Many more activities are available so don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have something specific in mind for your holiday.