Tignes – or how the mountains may be more family-friendly than the beach (part 1)

I have always been a big fan of visiting the beach with kids – you leave them and they practically have fun on their own, find other kids to play with, etc. You only need to reapply them solid amounts of sunscreen now and then.

Tignes, FranceBut, this August, meeting the heat and the crowds on all beaches we managed to visit, we were looking forward to cool, peaceful, and even desolate mountain (normally ski, in the winter) resorts..

Well, cool they were in any aspect. Desolate – hardly. On stepping into our first mountain resort, Tignes, we were amazed to see many people going up and down the lifts, biking down the mountain, playing sports of all kinds. Wow! Was this related to the sports card we know about? Yes. And it came free with any accommodation in Tignes!

What’s that sports card about? When you stay in Tignes, all members of your family get a free card allowing them to use:

  • all lifts (the ones taking you to the higher peaks were working, the lower ones not)
  • the biking area, you can additionally rent for a reasonable fee a mountain bike + all equipment you need to ride it
  • a small kids-friendly covered swimming pool (3 different-depth pools + 1 pool for babies)
  • the lake facilities (pedal boat, standard boat, catamaran, canoe + water jumping facilities)

Tignes View to the Lake

  • the ground sports facilities (tennis courts, table tennis, football playgrounds, mini golf, beach volleyball, high jump facility, and lots of other sports we couldn’t even manage to try. For some equipment like tennis rackets there was a symbolic rent fee (e.g for tennis rackets the fee was 2 EUR!), but the lake sports equipment (life jackets, etc) came for free.
  • On top, you could use the sports facilities in both Le Lac and Val Claret (two slightly separated parts of the resort), so this leaves you with practically enormous choices to play! There were some limitations on the usage of specific facilities (like swimming pool 2 times per card, etc) but hey – you can always change the hotel if you need more swimming, and get a new card! 🙂

More info about the Sportignes card is available here.

Did we manage to try all activities? You bet, we did our best to, and had such a great time that the planned 2 days in Tignes turned into 4, and we regretted having to leave it.

What were the best sports facilities for a family with kids? Read in my next post!

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