Deep in France’s Tarentaise Valley are the resorts of Tignes and Val d’Isère. Together they make up the world-renowned Espace Killy ski area, known for its 300km of high-altitude skiing, gentle beginner runs and fabulous viewpoints.
There’s loads to do off the slopes too, whether you’re a non-skier or just fancy an afternoon off. Not sure where to start? Here are our favourites…
Things to do in Tignes
Go ice diving
Down in Tignes Le Lac, you can dive into a frozen lake to explore a dreamlike underwater world. You’ll be fitted with a dry suit, full-face mask and oxygen tank. Then, attached to a guide, you’ll submerge under the water see spectacular ice formations, colours and bubbles drifting across the smooth ice ceiling. You don’t even need any diving experience to have a go.
Learn to drive across ice
Step into the shoes of a rally driver over in Tignes Les Brévières. Choose between a car, quad bike or quad buggy and take on the 3,000m² ice-driving course. Sliding, drifting and skidding around corners, you’ll learn how to handle a vehicle on slippery ice. You need to be over 16 years old to drive a car, or over 14 to drive the quad bikes and buggies.
If white-out weather is keeping you off the mountain, take shelter in Tignespace, a huge indoor sports centre in Tignes Le Lac. Grab a racket and hit the court for a game of tennis or badminton, race a mate to the top of the climbing wall or simply chill out in Le Lagon wellness centre, complete with three swimming pools. With your 6-day lift pass, you also get free access to the indoor ice rink – go on, get your skates on.
Things to do in Val d’Isère
Jump on a snowmobile
Head to the top of La Daille gondola in Val d’Isère to race up steep climbs and down through deep, untouched powder on a snowmobile. Following a guide, you’ll get to grips with handling, turning and acceleration and see a side to the mountain you won’t see on skis. You don’t need a driving licence but you need to be over 18 to drive and over 9 years old to be a passenger.
Eat all the cheese at Fondue Factory
Tignes and Val d’Isère are chock-a-block with restaurants serving up Savoyard specialities. But if you fancy some top-quality gooey goodness, don’t miss out on the Fondue Factory in Val d’Isère. They’ve got 11 types of French and Swiss fondues – from Beaufort to truffle and Champagne-based. Many comes as individual portions too, which is pretty rare. With its floor-to-ceiling windows, the Factory isn’t hard to spot on Avenue Olympique. It gets pretty busy so it’s best to book in advance.
Ready to get stuck in? Start planning your fun-filled ski trip to Tignes or Val d’Isère.