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What's on in Tignes March 2019

The best events in resort this coming month

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Catissa Creighton | Tignes Reporter | Published: 4 Mar 2019

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What's on in Tignes March 2019

Can you believe it is March already? Time flies when the winter season is this much fun.

February was made up of blue skies and school holiday madness. We welcome March as the beginning of spring. If you are visiting Tignes this month, here is what not to miss.

Apres

Apres

Spring Equinox happens on March 20th, and the days are officially getting longer. In Tignes, this means extended apres ski. If winding down on a sunny terrace with jugs of beer is your apres style, look no further than Loop Bar in Le Lac. Sat at the end of Route de Rosset, Loop Bar’s decked terrace captures the sun until it drops behind Col Du Palet. On particularly warm days, DJ Kommissar spins hip-hop house beats, setting the vibe for a stylish sunset party.

Le Coffee in Val Claret also hosts a great afternoon affair, pumping popular tunes into the village. This restaurant is perfect for families as it is situated next to a great sledging slope. Parents can relax with a bottle of wine as the sun exhilarates their children’s adventures. The village of Le Lavachet is one big sunshine trap, with a choice of restaurants and bars offering happy hour deals. Last week Box Bar hosted a Box Jam Competition to raise money and awareness for ‘POW- Protect our Winters.’ So Bar dusted of their BBQ, and we expect a lot more afternoons like this throughout March

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Le Luge

Le Luge

As the evenings become lighter, more time can be spent on the mountain. It’s a great time for Palafou. The toboggan run is a thrill-seeking adventure that runs from the Palafour lift in Le Lac from 16:45 to 19:30 each evening. The 3km track, including a 40 meter tunnel, isn’t for the faint hearted, as you will discover the exhilarating speeds that can be reached on a sledge. The experience costs €8 and includes the hire of the sled and a torch lit helmet. If tobogganing sounds a little frightening to you, head up to Val Claret where the Snowtubing course has an air-bag landing. This course is more child-friendly, as the giant buoys are suitable from age three years and can hold multiple participants. Although, once you have left the start line, there is no way of braking and you can speed up to 45kmph. Snowtubing is €15 for an hour of fun.

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Gay Pride

Gay Pride

Every Winter since 2008, Tignes has hosted European Snow Pride, the biggest gay European Ski week beginning March 16th. The resort is dressed in rainbow flags, an emblem of the LGTB. The week consists of organised celebrations, day and night across the mountains. From skiing, to Apres, pool parties and clubbing, look for the rainbow to get involved.

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Hiking

Hiking

During March, the sky in Tignes will turn from a breath-taking blue to a pretty pink. At night, striking star-consultations are visible. So why not rent a pair of snow shoes and hike up the mountains to breath in this beauty. Snow shoes can be rented from various shops in resort and a guide can be organised with Evolution 2 and the ESF. Choose between greeting a beautiful sunrise or camping in a refuge during the night.

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St Patrick's Day

St Patrick's Day

You don’t have to be Irish to dress yourself in green, sport a shamrock and celebrate St Patrick's Day. And Tignes supports any reason for celebration during winter. In fact, it is not uncommon to find leprechauns skiing on the mountains on this day. March 17th falls on a Sunday this year. Look out around the resort for the opportunity to drink copious amounts of Guinness. Look out for live performances which are sure to send you into an Irish jig. And if you are in Val Claret, swing past Tignes dedicated Irish Pub, Tom Crean’s.

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Pancake Day

Pancake Day

Crepe’s are basically pancakes- right? Tignes spoils you for choice on this flippin-fantastic day. There are crepes everywhere. A la Creperie Bretonne in Le Lac has a large menu of sweet and savoury crepes. On the mountain, it is impossible to ski past Restaurant Altitude de Toviere without the mouth watering smell of Nutella crepes luring you in. Crepes are a French delicacy, and a perfect treat during a ski trip.

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Bass Station

Bass Station

This year the popular music event Bass Station has continued it’s success at it’s new Tignes homes, Melting Club in Val Claret. The event hosts leading Drum and Bass artists who tour across different resorts in the Alps. On Wednesday March 6th, Benny Page returns to Tignes with more jungle beats. Tickets are €10 and available on the door.

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ESF Ski Show

ESF Ski Show

Every Thursday at 6pm on the piste in Le Lac, ESF instructors and The Tignes Sports Club show of their tricks and skills in a spectacular show on the snow front by Palafour. Drink and sweets are provided for the crowd. After the show which will inspire you to get spinning and backflipping, ESF young pupils descent the mountain by torchlight.

Cash for Tricks

Cash for Tricks

Val D’isere snowpark, which can be accessed via Toviere, hosts a weekly contest sponsored by Sprite. Everyone is welcome to enter the park and try their best tricks to win part of the €2000 cash available per contest. If you are not feeling so brave, you can relax on a deckchair in the chill zone, enjoy the atmosphere and awe at the grabs, spins and backflips. Catch the next event Wednesday, March 6th.