A group skiing holiday is a brilliant option for friends looking for a trip that has countless opportunities for laughs together. Of course, the focus of your break is likely to be skiing, but I’m here to tell you that there’s far more going on in the French resort of Tignes for you to try.
In fact, I think having a go at a new winter sport is a bit of a must when you’re on a break with lots of friends. I’d recommend picking something that none of you have ever done before – that way you can have a giggle watching each other fall over in the snow before heading out for another night of apres-ski fun!
Fortunately, Tignes offers a wide range of winter sports facilities. So, whether you’re looking for something daring or a little more relaxing, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find an activity that everyone likes the sound of.
And, just before I give you my list of top things to try, I want to give you a quick tip on accommodation. Companies like Snowchateaux offer large chalets perfect for groups, which I think are much better suited to this kind of break than hotels.
The first sport on my list is ice skating. The reason I picked this is that it doesn’t matter too much whether you’re terrible or a wizard on skates – it’s still loads of fun. The frozen lake in the centre of the resort is where you’ll find the skating area, which is divided up into a smaller leisure section and a larger expanse designed for games and more competitive skating.
The rink is open-air, so you get to soak up some amazing scenery while you skate, and the icing on the cake is that it’s free to use. Interestingly, each Thursday night (from 20:00 to 22:00 local time) is the Disco on Ice which, true to its name, sees music and guests dressed to impress arrive on the rink. Go and join them!
Next up we having something more fast-paced. If you and your friends are keen to try something a little more exhilarating, snowmobiling is the perfect choice. What’s more, you can do it at nightfall, which means you get to speed your way around the resort under twinkling stars.
Tignes’s Ecole de Montneige offers snowmobiling outings; a guide will accompany you the whole way, while you’ll also have the option to stop at the Mongolian Yurt that looks out over the resort. In fact, you can even have small parties here! Just remember to book your outing in advance.
An engine isn’t the only means of getting round the resort at high speed. Dog sledding is fast and incredibly exciting and, since you’ll get to see some amazing animals and glide quietly through the snow, it’s also a particularly magical experience.
Husky, malamute and samoyed breeds of dogs typically pull the sled. There’s no need to worry that you’ll be too heavy for them, since all these breeds are fantastically strong and love running around in the snow. Evolution 2 is one of the centres that offers dog sledding, but as this sport is somewhat less readily available than other activities, be sure to book your trip as soon as you arrive.
Last up, we have mountaineering. This is an incredible way to see some of the most stunning scenery in Tignes, challenge yourself and have an experience you’ll never forget.
As mountaineering can be quite tough, you might be worried about giving it a go if you’re a complete beginner. There’s no need to fret, though, since your guides will be trained to help novices, while all the equipment you need will be provided. Bureau des Guides in the Le Val Claret area of Tignes is the place to go if you want to try it.