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FAQs for Tignes

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    About FAQ's - Resort Information for Tignes

    About FAQ's - Resort Information for Tignes

    Here is collection of general resort knowledge compiled from years of responding to email enquiries, getting ourselves lost, finding ourselves, late-night bar conversations, your feedback, plus translations of French brochures. We have put this resource together to help you out when you are planning a trip to the resort. Updating this section is a never-ending task so if we have missed anything out, or you spot that we are out of date or just plain wrong, please do let us know!

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    Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in Tignes?

    Are there any creches / childminding / baby sitting services in Tignes?

    There are a number of childcare options available in Tignes. Please be aware that booking in advance is always recommended and that nurseries may want to see medical records and vaccination certificates. Please see our Childcare Services section for further information and contact details.

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    Are there any English speaking doctors in Tignes?

    Are there any English speaking doctors in Tignes?

    There are a number of doctors' surgeries in Tignes, all of which have at least one member of staff who can speak English. Please see the Medical Services listings page for contact details. There is also a Samaritans-type helpline called SOS Help for people who are suffering from anxiety, depression, stress, or who would simply like someone to talk to. Lines are manned every day from 3pm to 11pm by English speaking staff and all calls are confidential and anonymous. The number to call is 0033 (0) 146 21 46 46.

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    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    Are there any family rates or child discounts on lift passes?

    During the winter the Tignes lift pass company offers various discounts for families and children. For a full list of what's available see our Winter Lift Pass Options page and to find out about prices visit Lift Pass Prices in Tignes

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    Are there any free lifts in Tignes?

    Are there any free lifts in Tignes?

    Yes. There are five free ski lifts for children and adults alike. Claret tow lift and Bollin chairlift (Val Claret); Rosset chairlift (Tignes Le Lac); Lavachet tow lift (Le Lavachet); and Tow-lift Pitots (Brévieres). Children under the age of 5 can ski in the Espace Killy for free upon presentation of photographic identity. You can read more about the ski lifts in our Lift Section.

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    Are there any left luggage facilities in Tignes?

    Are there any left luggage facilities in Tignes?

    Yes, you can leave luggage at the Tourist Offices in Tignes le Lac (Maison de Tignes), Val Claret (Immeuble Nevada) and Le Lavachet (next door to the underground parking). They all also have showers and toilets in case you want to freshen up. Most hotels and chalets now provide luggage storage for guests, enquire before arrival to see whether this is an option.There is also a left luggage chalet down in Bourg St Maurice where you can leave bags for 4 hours for just 2 euros. 

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    Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in Tignes?

    Are there any nightclubs or late night bars in Tignes?

    Don't worry if the thought of going to bed early every night in order to be first up the mountain in the morning isn't your cup of tea! There is plenty in Tignes to keep the night-owls happy, take a look at our Bars & Clubs in Tignes Guide to find out where to party in resort.

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    Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?

    Are there any non-smoking bars and restaurants?

    Since January 2008 smoking has been banned in all bars, cafés and restaurants in France. Patrons are generally free to smoke on the terrace and during the winter months smokers are often catered for with outdoor heaters. Have a look at our Guide to Dining in Tignes for suggestions of restaurants and bistrots in Tignes.

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    Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?

    Are there rules and restrictions on the lifts ?

    The Tignes lift system operates during both summer and winter seasons and has different restrictions regarding access according to the time of year. Please see Tignes Ski Lift Guide for further details.

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    At what age should my child start skiing?

    At what age should my child start skiing?

    Most ski teachers wouldn’t recommend starting skiing before the age of three or four at the earliest. The right age will vary from child to child, and depends upon the child’s strength, co-ordination and attitude. For this age group skiing should remain a play activity, so don't expect a young child to ski all day - a couple of hours is ample. For more information on ski school and children please read our Guide to Children's Skiing in Tignes.

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    Can I cross-country ski in Tignes?

    Can I cross-country ski in Tignes?

    Cross-country skiing is a great alternative to regular alpine skiing if you fancy taking things a bit slower and enjoying the tranquillity of the surroundings. It is still a great form of exercise though, as it is more energetic than it looks! You can find out all about the cross-country trails in Tignes in our Guide to Cross-Country Skiing.

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    Can I drink the water in Tignes?

    Can I drink the water in Tignes?

    Yes! Tignes is a proper town with decent water treatment. The water can sometimes taste a bit metallic due to the high mineral content and during the melting periods some people prefer to switch to bottled water just in case the treatment plants are over-capacity. Generally though the water in the Alps is, on the whole, wonderful mountain spring water and Tignes is no exception. It is perfectly safe to drink and tastes even better than the water at home!

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    Can I get sunburnt in winter?

    Can I get sunburnt in winter?

    Very easily! Always take precautions against the strength of the sun on a skiing holiday. At altitude and with the reflection off the snow, the sun’s rays can cause damage very quickly. Always, always wear sunglasses, even when the sun is not shining. Apply sunscreen, apply it thickly and keep applying it (you can still burn though cloud cover). Putting on factor 40 once in the morning will not protect you from burning. Reapply every hour.

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    Can I get to Tignes by train from the UK?

    Can I get to Tignes by train from the UK?

    Yes, you can... but it is not likely to be the best or cheapest option, as in every case you will need to change at least once. Your best bet is Eurostar from London (Waterloo) to Paris (Gare du Nord) and then changing to an SNCF TGV train from the other side of Paris (Gare de Lyon) to Geneva or Annecy. Read more about travelling to the Alps in our Guide to How to Get to Tignes.

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    Can I go swimming in Tignes?

    Can I go swimming in Tignes?

    You can indeed - Tignes has a great swimming complex right by the lake! 

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    Can I picnic at any of the mountain restaurants?

    Can I picnic at any of the mountain restaurants?

    Picnicking is forbidden, or ‘interdit’, in most mountain restaurants. You may get away with eating your own sandwich if you buy some chips and a drink to go with it – but don’t be surprised if it is frowned upon. However, there are plenty of great places to eat al fresco in the mountains - as long as you don't mind nestling down into the snow or perching on a slab of rock! If the weather is too bad for eating outside then some mountain restaurants have a "salle hors sac" where you can tuck into your packed lunch indoors. For our recommendations, please see Mountain Restaurants in Tignes.

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    Can I Ski In Summer?

    Can I Ski In Summer?

    Yes you can! Tignes is fortunate enough to have great skiing in the summer on the Grand Motte Glacier. In total, there are 20kms of piste open and 16 lifts, not to mention the ever popular snowpark with its 2 half pipes and numerous rails and jumps. 

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    Can I take my baby to a ski resort?

    Can I take my baby to a ski resort?

    Yes, you can take your baby to a ski resort but be aware that sudden changes in temperature and altitude are not recommended. For help on in-resort childcare, equipment rental and helpful tips go to our Tips for Families in Tignes & the Espace Killy.

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    Can I take my dog on the lifts in Tignes?

    Can I take my dog on the lifts in Tignes?

    Yes you can but only on the funicular leading up to the glacier in summer. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times, even when in resort. 

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    Can you suggest some activities in Tignes for children?

    Can you suggest some activities in Tignes for children?

    Tignes is very much a family-friendly resort and welcomes children of all ages. From things that you can do as a family to activities that the children can go off and do with their new 'holiday friends' you will find plenty to keep everyone happy. Please see our Tignes Activities section for a few suggestions.

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    Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?

    Can you suggest some hiking routes to try?

    If you come to Tignes in the summer (and between you and me, you really should) chances are you'll want to get your walking boots on and go on a ramble or two. Tignes offers some beautiful walks for all standards, from gentle rambles to challenging hikes, you can enjoy the mountains just as much in summer as in winter. Have a look at our page on Hiking in Tignes for further information.

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    Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?

    Do I need a photograph for my lift pass?

    Not any more. Due to the invention of magnetic 'hands-free' passes cutting out a passport sized photo to attach to your ski pass is no longer necessary. The only exceptions are the season passes and free passes - for these your photo will be taken digitally at the lift pass office, or you can bring along a photo for scanning. Don't forget you can now order your passes in advance and online, and have them sent to your home address or hotel / rental agency in the resort.

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    Do I Need a Work Permit in Tignes?

    Do I Need a Work Permit in Tignes?

    If you are from Europe, the chances are you will not require a work permit or "autorisation de travail" to work in France - Switzerland is a different matter. Please see our Working a Ski Season in Tignes to find out more about visas and passports.

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    Do I need to carry chains in the car (often a paying optional extra in car-hire)?

    Do I need to carry chains in the car (often a paying optional extra in car-hire)?

    Yes! During snowy weather, resorts restrict access to vehicles with snow-tyres or chains, and sometimes traffic police will not allow any vehicle on to the resort access road without chains being fitted. Chains can be bought at any of the garages in the area or can be requested as part of a car hire package (if you are taking a car locally). We'd recommend that you buy them in advance at home though, to ensure the correct size & that they're actually in stock. The colour-coded 'quick-fit' variety are usually the best option and make sure you buy the right dimensions for you tyres - one size does NOT fit all.

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