Closest Airport: Geneva or Lyon
Opening times: Mid June to End of August
As former host to the European X-Games, and a bunch of other high profile events, Tignes is one of the biggest and most established resorts in France.
In the summer months between early/mid June and the end of August, the Grande Motte opens up for snowboarding. Access is via the Funicular from Val Claret and the glacier features 130 hectares and 20km of rideable terrain and over 750m of vertical. It certainly holds its own as one of the best glaciers for snowboarding in Europe.
Although relatively small, the terrain park features a solid range of jibs and jumps and is geared more towards the beginner/intermediate level freestyler rather than expert/pro riders.
Once the snow starts to rapidly resemble its liquid form in the afternoon, head down back down to Tignes Le Lac where you can go swimming in the lake, cruise on a skateboard, or even play some mini golf. Alternatively, Tignes has some of the best mountain biking trails in Europe – well worth a look in if you’re that way inclined!