Activities in Tignes
Generally the screenings are at 6 and 9pm but during the winter when the weather is bad there is also a showing at 2.30pm. Listings are shown on posters throughout the resort and on leaflets in all the tourist offices. The films vary between French and English, but they often have subtitles so everyone can follow them. The main cinema is in Val Claret next to the entrance to the Parking du Golf. There is also a cinema in Le Lac not far from the main roundabout.
Husky dog sledge racing round the lake has become increasingly popular, especially with kids, and it is certainly a new experience for most people.
For a really special outing take in a birdseye view of Italy and Mont Blancwith the Aéroclub du Palet (flying club) +33 (0) 479 065 760. They specialise in sightseeing tours as well as mountain aviation courses. Helicopter rides are possible as well!
For the divers, a truly surreal experience is to go scuba diving underneath the frozen lake in Le Lac. Unlike diving with a wet suit, it’s possible to wear thick clothing under the dry suit to keep you warm. By all accounts there is quite a bit to see down there and the still quiet water under the ice can make for an eerie dive. For the best dive, head out on a clear day so the sunlight can penetrate the layer of snow and ice. We haven’t experienced it yet but it’s definitely on our list of things to do!
This is a must-do activity, only we haven’t mustered up enough courage yet! The idea is to ski off the side of a cliff and swoop around over the resort until you float back down, guiding yourself back down towards the lake. Until you’re qualified and feel capable it’s possible to do this with an instructor, making it a little less scary!
The bowling alley in Tignes Le Lac is the highest in Europe - not that you can blame your score on that! It has ten lanes and games are €7.60. It’s open until late and often has quite a lively atmosphere.
(Le Val Claret, tel: +33 (0) 479 402 556) has an aquatonic treatment course (walking against a current, leg jets, geysers, aquatic chairs, swan neck showers, whirlpool bath, hydrojet pool, aquabeds), aquagym, fitness, cardio training, weight training, beauty treatments, sauna, Turkish bath and body treatments.
You can hire a guide to take you on a hike or pick up details of trails around Tignes from the tourist office. Don’t forget to go well prepared for every situation. It is important to remember that the weather in the mountains can be extreme with rapid changes in conditions, and if walking it may take a while to get from A to B.
There is also Market in Le Lac, open two days weekly (7pm), which is great place to buy local produce.
Art & Exhibitions
The original village of Tignes lies under the Lac du Chevril which was created by the building of the dam. Check out the history of Tignes section for the full story and personal accounts or you can visit the resort's Heritage Centre to see and hear the emotional story of how the villagers were forced to abandon their homes to make way for the dam and then how in later years how the ski resort was built and developed. Exhibitions are also held throughout the year, details of which are posted in the Maison de Tignes.
**Additionally there is Snowmobiling and Ice Skating is available at the Outdoor Rink in Le Lac.