Southeast of Albertville and Bourg Ste Maurice, the Tignes area offers an extensive lift-accessed mountain bike trail network rolling the high-alpine, above-treeline terrain. This expansive bike park is many above 2,000m and offers vistas of the Tarentaise Valley with its towering peaks and distant glaciers. Best of all, the lifts are free to mountain bikers in July and August
The best Tignes mountain bike trail is the Ice Tignes route starting from the summit of the Toviere lift. It rolls a narrow, exposed ridgeline spine southeast from the summit, before turning northwest down to Val-Claret.
The Tignes-Val d'Isere Bike Park has 102km of pistes. The pistes are categorized by type including XC (14km), Enduro (40km) and Downhill (48km). The lift-accessed trails spread from Tignes all the way to the Val d'Isere.
To reach the mountain biking at Tignes by air, fly into Lyon. Take the train to Bourg St Maurice and use the hourly bus to Tignes via Altibus. Keep in mind that Tignes isn't well known for its old world charm and is more of a modern purpose built resort.
TIP: If you are planning to arrive by train, keep in mind that the regular bus up to the resort is primarily during daylight hours. After dark, the bus runs infrequently, if at all. Therefore, you will need to take a cab from the train station to the resort. If you plan to fly into Lyon, you may want to check the train schedule before buying your flight to make sure there is a convenient transfer. If you plan to arrive Friday through Sunday, the shuttle Altibus might be a more convenient option.
Overall, Tignes is the 101st most popular mountain bike trail of all 104 mountain biking rides in France.