• Les Brévières is just as lovely in the summer

  • The golf course at Tignes Le Lac

  • The Tour de France is in Brevieres July 26 2019!

  • Beautiful alpine flowers

  • A marmotte sunbathing in the Vanoise National Park

  • The Lagon swimming pool at Tignes Le Lac

  • The lifts give easy access to some excellent mountain biking

  • Summer skiing on the Grande Motte

  • The chamois are just as curious about us!/

  • Having fun at Tignes Le Lac

Summer

We love the summer months here as much as, or even more than, the winter ones! The weather is usually glorious – warm days of 20-30C and cooler nights of 15-20C, and it’s a dry heat so there’s none of the uncomfortable stickiness that you often get in warm climates. There’s so much to do that there really is something for everyone.

You can choose to mountain bike, road cycle, hike, climb, play golf or tennis, swim, watch the Tour de France, indulge at the local wine fairs, or simply relax and soak up the sun. There is an extensive activities programme for all the family at Tignes throughout the summer, with many free activities using the My Tignes Open card.

So, why not have a change from the beach, come and enjoy the Alps in the summer time. There’s nowhere else we’d rather be.

Cycling

CYCLING IN THE TARENTAISE

Tignes is a renowned downhill mountain biking area, and regularly hosts competitions featuring the world’s top riders. There are graded trails for different ability levels, just like the winter ski runs, as well as the jumps in the Bike Park. What’s more, access to all these areas, via the ski lifts, is free. There is lots more information on the Tignes website.

ROAD CYCLING IN THE TARENTAISE

Tignes is the perfect base for a training holiday that hosts many cyclists from around the world for altitude work and for event preparation, as well as for cyclotourisme.

Mile after mile of some of the best road routes in the world are right here on the doorstep, including some of the iconic cols and climbs often ridden in the Tour de France: Col d’Iseran; Bourg St Maurice to Tignes; Col du Petit St Bernard; Cormet de Roselend; Bourg to Les Arcs.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

We’re in paradise for mountain bikers! All around us is some of the best off road bike terrain in the world. If you’ve come bike-less, suitable equipment can be rented in Tignes. In July and August the lift systems operate in Tignes, as well as in Les Arcs and La Rosière with bike carrying racks on the chairs – opening up a wealth of downhilling possibilities.

Tignes is a renowned downhill mountain biking area, and regularly hosts competitions featuring the world’s top riders. There are graded trails for different ability levels, just like the winter ski runs, as well as the jumps in the Bike Park. What’s more, access to all these areas, via the ski lifts, is free. There is lots more information on the Tignes website.

TOUR DE FRANCE

The Tour de France is quite a spectacle for cyclists and non-cyclists alike with all the publicity vehicles passing ahead of the riders throwing out gifts to the waiting crowds. The atmosphere on the mountain climbs is particularly special.

For cyclists, Tignes is an ideal venue to experience the excitement of the Tour combined with a local cyclosportive event and riding some of the legendary local climbs.

We’re really excited to announce that the Tour is climbing the Col d’Iseran and passing through Brevieres on July 26 2019 before finishing at Val Claret! The following day the final mountain stage before the finish in Paris climbs the Cormet de Roseland and passes through Bourg St Maurice before finishing at Val Thorens. The Tour winner is very likely to be decided on one of these stages.

Friday 26 July – Stage 19 – St Jean de Maurienne – Tignes – 123km

The journey through the Alps continues with a dynamic stage that will take the riders to the summit of the 2019 Tour at the Col de l’Iseran (2 770m) that will only be reached for the eighth time in the history of the Tour and the second time by its south side which is the toughest one. It is precisely when going up towards the highest road pass in Europe that Louison Bobet had bid farewell to the Tour in 1959 but also where Claudio Chiappucci took off before winning in Sestrières in 1992.

Saturday 27 July – Stage 20 – Albertville – Val Thorens – 131 kms

The last alpine stage will be a grande premiere: it will indeed be the third finish above an altitude of 2 000 metres, which has never occurred in the history of the Tour. Before the final climb to Val Thorens, a first battle should take place at the Cormet de Roselend. The total ascent of the day will be 4 450 metres.

Click here to see the full 2019 route

Walking

For walkers and hikers, we are very close to the Vanoise National Park with its unique and varied flora and fauna.

There is a huge choice of walks and hikes in the area, from scaling high mountain summits, to gentle strolls beside the river in the valley. You’ll be assured of stunning scenery wherever you choose to walk. The ski lifts operate in the resort in July and August to whisk you up to higher altitudes to enjoy the fantastic views, without having to slog uphill for hours.

We have lived in the area for over 20 years and know most of the local hikes intimately. We have our favourite routes written up and mapped out on hand-outs for our guests.

We know many of the local mountain guides personally, and would be happy to arrange this service if required.

Useful links which give some detailed walking route information for the area are:
Map of walks around Tignes

http://tourisme.hautetarentaise.fr/randonnee.html (in French only)

http://www.balade-en-montagne.com (in French only)

http://alaintarentaise.free.fr gives access to a photo library of shots around the various hikes and climbs in the region.

Water Sports

There is a fabulous indoor pool complex at Tignes Le Lac – Le Lagon. It has a 25m lane swimming pool, leisure pool with water slides, children’s pool and spa area. In the summer, they open the doors to the sun terrace, which has spectacular views of the lake and the Grande Motte glacier.

We are also blessed with a fabulous 50 meter outdoor swimming pool in Bourg St Maurice. It’s part of a complex with a 25 metre indoor pool, and indoor and outdoor children’s’ pools, with gardens and a park all around. It’s a paradise for all through July and August. Outside of these months the outdoor facilities aresadly closed but the roof and patio doors of the indoor pool are open in good weather.

There’s a fresh water lake (plan d’eau) at Bellentre, just beyond Bourg St Maurice that is accessible by car or from the cycle track. There’s a cafe and children’s playground, and even a sandy beach, which makes it a great place for a lazy afternoon en famille.

The water sports centre at Tignes Le Lac offers catamarans, Hobhie Cats and sailing dinghies, as well as canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats for rent.

There are numerous adrenaline pumping water sports available on the Isère river within easy reach of Tignes. White water rafting, canoeing and hydrospeeding all take place daily and trips are easily arranged. The standard route takes in two grade 4 rapids and two grade threes.

Who says being in the mountains is not like being at the beach?

Other Sports

There is a real wealth of possibilities for sports here:

My Tignes Open card (€3 per card): this offers over 20 different activities, with 2 activities per day absolutely free to those staying in Tignes.

Activities include:
Water-based activities such as SUP, kayak, canoe, water-jump, swimming pool
Land-based activities, such as tennis, trampoline, crazy airbag, archery, shooting, mini-golf, squash, ping-pong
and access to the lifts for mountain biking and hiking.

Golf: There is an 18 hole course at Tignes which is the highest in Europe, as well as a par 3 course, mini golf and practice driving range. Clubs can be rented on site.

Summer Skiing: From June 23rd to August 5th 2018 the Grande Motte glacier is open for skiing and snowboarding. Equipment rental is available from the ski shops in Val Claret.

Tennis: There are 20 all weather tennis courts at Tignes – more than Roland Garros! Instruction and racket hire is available.

Fishing: Permits are available on the Isère, depending upon the season. Mountain lakes that offer good fishing surround us, although most need a good hike to reach.

Horse riding: Trekking and tuition from centres at Val d’Isère and Sèez.

Climbing: There are many bolted climbing walls, with stunning mountain views, that have routes suitable for everyone from beginner to expert. There’s some great bouldering too.

Via Ferrata: Two excellent routes at the entrance to Val d’Isère

Via Cordata. An interesting route above Le Crot in the Mercuel valley close to Sainte Foy.

Flora & Fauna

For walkers and hikers, we are very close to the Vanoise National Park with its unique and varied flora and fauna.

Pairs of Golden Eagles can often be seen soaring overhead. Bearded vultures were introduced 20 years ago into the area and are often seen in the woods below the Aiguille Rouge. Kestrals and Buzzards are common sightings. Other birds seen by our guests include Snow Finches, Crag Martins, Black Redstarts, Alpine Choughs and Accentors and Wall Creepers. We keep a log book of sightings.

Even the local cows are majestic! They’re called Tarines and are known as the Queen’s of the Tarentaise.

We guarantee that you’ll see marmots while out walking here! You are also likely to see chamois and Alpine ibexes. The butterflies in the summer months are impressive in their variety and colours.

In summer, the snow gives way to stunning fields of colourful flowers in the alpine pastures which make it an artist’s paradise. If you look carefully you can find the famous Edelweiss, as well as Genepi which gives its taste, as well as its name, to the popular local liqueur.

In early summer you can pick wild strawberries whilst later in the summer you’ll find wild raspberries and blueberries (myrtilles).

 

Culture / Events

Cultural interests include the Baroque church trail, the local Vins de Savoie vineyards, concerts in a variety of venues and many local fétes that take place throughout the summer. Dates and details will be provided so that you don’t miss anything.

One of the major events which takes place each summer is the Tignes Wine Fair which is held during the weekend closest to August 15th at Tignes Le Lac. Dozens of independent growers offer their wines for tasting and, of course, buying, when you find something you like. Make sure you leave plenty of space in the car to take home some of your favourites!