With sublime slopes, world-class off-piste and a lively, attractive village, ‘Val’ is one of the world’s great ski resorts.
Travel bucket list idea:
Ice diving at Tignes
Tignes, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France|
The solitude and surreal, stark beauty of the world beneath the ice is one few ever get to experience. Now here’s your chance.
Ice diving may sound extreme, but the operation on the lake at Tignes makes it very safe and accessible. Participants, with an instructor, enter the water through a hole in the ice and are attached to a rope. Beneath the surface, magical light patterns whirl across the ice as bubbles rise through the water. Bravehearts can also dive at night.
Getting there & doing it
From Val d’Isère to Tignes by bus, car or taxi takes about 40 minutes. Alternatively, ski over to Tignes from Val and combine ice diving with a day on the slopes. Ski storage is available at the site.
The experience takes about an hour. Book online with Evolution2 before you go.
All equipment – dry suit, gloves, face masks, oxygen tank – is provided. No diving qualification is required, but you must be above 1m 55cm and aged over 15 years to participate.
When to do it
Ice diving can be done throughout the ski season, as long as the lake is frozen – which is usually from mid-December to mid-April.
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