You may think that skiing is a winter activity - and on the whole, you would be right. But in the right parts of the French Alps, it’s also possible to strap on your skis during the summer months.
A glacier resort, Tignes has some of the most reliable snow in the Alps. It’s open for skiiers for eight months of the year, meaning that the summer ski season in Tignes runs until early August. Around 20km of pistes are available during the summer season in the early part of the day; usually between around 7am and 1pm, when the snow begins to get slushy.
That leaves the rest of the day free for enjoying the sunshine; further down the mountains, weather will be very temperate.
Many people choose to indulge in some watersports during the afternoon; an impressive waterpark allows skiers and snowboarders to jump off a 35m ramp straight into glacial meltwater. It’s one way to cool off!
There’s lots to recommend Tignes as a summer destination, not least the huge breadth of activities on offer. If not every member of your party is thrilled by summer skiing opportunities, there’s plenty else on offer to keep them entertained.
Pedestrians can use the ski lifts at a reduced cost, providing the perfect opportunity for some scenic Alpine walks without the hard work of getting up high in the first place! A relaxed walk down the mountain could be the perfect low-effort way to enjoy this scenic part of the world.
For golfers, Tignes boasts Europe’s highest golf course, a novelty that few can beat, and cyclists will enjoy the Tignes-Val d’Isere bike park, with trails, mountain biking tracks and practise areas, ensuring it caters to cyclists of all abilities.
For hard-core skiers, there’s no better place than Tignes to buy a holiday home. The lure of almost year-round skiing combined with the great apres ski scene and other activities to enjoy in the summer months must surely be unbeatable.
If you’re interested in buying property in Tignes, get in touch. We have apartments and chalets available in Tignes and the surrounding area.