The sun may be shining and people might still be swimming in the seas around France, but at the end of the month, on September 29th, the first of the French skiing resorts opens for business. Tignes is high up in the northern Alps, near Val d'Isere, and has the great advantage of its mighty glacier, La Grande Motte, towering above it. The slopes start from here where the glacier is 3,000 meters high. Tignes is definitely aimed at the young with plenty of extreme sports and thrills. You can try ice-diving, ice-driving, snowboarding, freeride skiing and more in the resort.
How to get there
By Air: Lyon Airport, Geneva International Airport, Chambéry Airport
By car: From Chambéry to Albertville until Moûtiers, then the N90 to Bourg-St-Maurice and the D902 to Tignes
By Rail: Daily trains and TGV to Bourg-St-Maurice, then bus or taxi
Image: Tignes and La Grand Motte Glacier © Christian Tatin