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Mountain Biking Tignes

A free biker's lift pass and Specialized bike hire, served up with some of the finest trail riding in Europe!

With so many activities on offer, the hardest part is choosing what to do! The Alps create the perfect outdoors holiday for everyone from mountain lovers to families and adrenaline junkies! Surrounded by an abundance of beautiful scenery, our resorts offer a summer playground for all ages and with over 80 activities on offer you can be sure you'll never be bored!

Guest Review: ‘A Day Mountain Biking in Tignes

The Resort

Tignes is located in the southern French Alps and as well as receiving a lot of hot alpine sun shine, the resort offers the largest variety of sporting activities in the Alps! The resort is situated around a beautiful lake which offers a great base for water sports and a lot more variety to your active pursuits alongside the mountain activities and excellent biking in the area. 

Our holidays come with a free Sportignes Activity Pass, a bikers Lift pass and Specialized bike hire. Our Activity pass covers most of the active things to do in the area. In fact there really are so many free activities on offer – the hardest part is choosing what to do!

At a Glance

  • • FREE bike hire (Specialized bikes)
  • • FREE Biking liftpass all week
  • • FREE Multi Activity pass all week
  • • Pro Bike Hire available (Specialized 2015 bikes)
  • • Free access to 350 Km of Bike trails: Downhill courses, Northshore, Singletrack, Bike Parks
  • • Bike guiding (professional guide). Local cost
  • • Bike Workshops & Mechanics (in-house)
  • • Secure Bike storage
  • • Jet wash and bike tool-kits available

Activities to try

  • Mountain Biking
  • Wild Swimming!
  • Kayaking & Standup Paddleboarding
  • Via Ferrata & Canyoning Rock Climbing Paragliding
  • Fantasticable (1.2Km Zip wire!)
  • Quad bike Adventures
  • Horse Riding & Pony Treks
  • Trampolines, Ice Skating Golf and Tennis
  • Air rifle shooting, Archery Adventure Park (Zip wires, slides, ropes)

Tignes Bike Rides

The Best Bike Rides in Tignes

Smoothie: Green/Blue. Perfect intro for beginners to downhill mountain biking in Tignes. Awash with curvy, silky smooth berms. Distance: 4.5km. Descends 460m. Start: Top of Palafour Lift. Finish: Bottom of Palafour Lift.

Kangooride: Blue. Heaps of jumps (hence the name!) and berms plus two long tables. Follows natural features, stony in places. Distance: 1.3km Descends 595m. Start: Top of Aeroski. Finish: Val Claret

Gunpowder: Blue. Singletrack for those with a bit of experience. The odd hip jump, and 12 berms. Surface can be loose. Distance: 4.5km Descends 500m. Start: Top of Aeroski. Finish: Val Claret

Funky Tufs: Blue. Lots of variety on this smooth surfaced manmade trail: whoop-de-whoops, tables, lots of berms and even a small freeride section. Run-outs available for non-jumpers! Named after the Tufs lift. Distance: 3.2km Descends 500m. Start: Top of Aeroski. Finish Val Claret

Jump Around: Blue. It may be a 'motorway' but still a bundle of fun. Tends to get hammered by the bike schools, so congestion and late season surface wear can be a problem. Distance: 3.4km Descends 460m. Start: Top of Palafour. Finish: Bottom of Palafour

Gypsy: Red (Difficult). A lot of work last year, now with added berms & hips. Some narrow steeps and tight bends. Ends on the Rosset with a dual slalom. Riders can continue onto the fiendish Black Metal if they want. Distance: 2.8km Descends 500m. Start: Aeroski. Finish: Rosset

Black Metal: Black. Very steep, very loose full-on descent - strictly for expert level riders. Distance: 1km Descends 250m. Start: Top of Aeroski. Finish: Rosset.

Enduro rides

Ice Tignes: Tignes classes this as a 3 out of 5 technical and physical difficulty level Enduro, which starts from Toviere's summit (2695m). Length: 10km. Start: Toviere. Up 250m. Down 850m

Wonderboisses: The 2nd half can be joined from Rocky Trail for a nice long run all the way to the Dam.

Technical: 3/5. Physical 2/5. Length: 6km. Start: Toviere. Finish: Tignes Les Boisses. Up 220m. Down 520m

Tarte a Longnan: Arguably the best Intermediate trail in all of Tignes

Technical: 3/5. Physical 3/5. Distance: 2km. Up 160m. Down 610m. Start: Top of Palafour lift. Finish: Bottom of Tichot lift, Val Claret.

Palaf: More of a technical Downhill, but over some decent distance.

Technical: 4/5. Physical 3/5. Distance: 4km. Up 80m. Down 540m

Rocky Trail: Often combined with Wonderboisses to form an epic Enduro.

Technical: 3/5. Physical 3/5. Distance: 7km. Up 220m. Down 520m

Forest Bump: Probably one of the most demanding of Tignes' Enduros.

Technical: 4/5. Physical 4/5. Distance: 10km. Up 500m. Down 790m

X-Country rides

Cow Lanta: An equal amount of climbs and descents, more physically demanding than it is technical.

Technical: 2/5. Physical 3/5. Distance: 10km. Up 350m. Down 350m

Trailspotting: More Freeride than XC, one of the best known of Tignes' trails. Even light Mountain bikes can manage it!

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