During the winter, Tignes brands itself as the sportiest of all the Alps' ski resorts. Come summer, that's no different - all that changes are the types of sports visitors can enjoy! Snowboarding and skiing takes a back seat and a huge range of summer activities, including cycling, hiking and water sports, come into their own.
Located in the huge Espace Killy area of the Alps, Tignes is a purpose-built resort. It's made up of five villages: Val Claret; Le Lavachet; Le Lac, which are the three liveliest; and Les Boisses and Les Brévières, which both sit further down the mountain. There is a free shuttle bus between all the villages, and with maps and timetables available at all stops, it's difficult to get lost.
Tignes is hugely family-orientated, offering masses of activities for both children and adults throughout its short summer. With a high average snowfall that once reached 8m, and as a glacier resort, Tignes usually only closes its pistes for 10 weeks in the summer. This means that if you visit early in the summer, you may even get to try some summer skiing! There's no denying that some of Tignes is fairly ugly, with plain 1960s block. However, people come to Tignes for the sports, and that's exactly what you'll find in abundance here.