Monday, 5 September 2016

Summer Recap

Summer in Tignes is coming to an end as the lifts are closing, the bars are shutting down for the inter season, and the activities around resort are being packed away. With this in mind it seems like a good time to look back on a few of our favourite times from the summer.

A clear favourite is the lake activities, including paddle boarding, kayaking, pedalos, and of course the blob jump and water slide. Throughout the summer we have all spent plenty of time floating around on the lake, falling off the paddle boards and cooling off from the scorching summer temperatures. The blob jump and waterslide are not to be missed, providing plenty of entertainment even if you don’t fancy a go yourself!
Kayaking on the lake
Kayaking on the lake
 For the first half of the summer the glacier was open for skiing and snowboarding and the conditions up there were great after the amazing snow we had last winter. On a few mornings through July and early August there was even a dusting of fresh snow up there that made it really worth getting up early for!
Early mornings in the snowpark
Early mornings in the snowpark

Another main activity in Tignes is the mountain biking, with runs suitable for all levels of rider and 5 ski lifts adapted to carry your bikes up the hill. From the nice cruisy blue and green runs to the big jump lines and steep technical blacks, there was always something to ride whatever your mood. A personal favourite of mine was Kamasutrail, a fast black run full of gap jumps, wallrides and drops, but not too steep or technical.
Tignes bike park
Tignes Bike Park

When we didn’t fancy an adrenaline rush, there was still plenty to do. We have all been on a fair few little hikes around Tignes and the surrounding area and even hiked up the Sassiere, the highest mountain in the local area that you can climb without specialist equipment. The views in the summer are amazing, and it was good to see some of the same places that we ski without the snow on them.  

At the end of the day, we often ended up at one of the bars. A good one is Terrachu, right by the lake, and we even visited there a couple of times on the kayaks and paddle boards! Another favourite was La Queue de Cochon, which even has an outdoor swimming pool that is much warmer than the lake, and was a great place to make the most of the last of the day’s sun.

Queue de cochon
Queue de Cochon Pool

Summer in Tignes has been great! Roll on winter…

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