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Close up of a black Porsche skidding on the ice circuit at Tignes

Last updated: 03 June, 2023

Usually, skidding a car around on ice is a hazard of winter to be avoided at all costs, but here in Tignes, petrol heads can swap skis for wheels and race around a special 800m long ice driving circuit. Workshops are led by certified instructors and participants can choose from a quad bike, a buggy or a sports car.

You don’t even need to hold a driving licence – just need to be able to drive, start and stop a car and be over 18.

You either get 10 laps or 20 minutes depending on the vehicle – plenty of time to skid and slide to your heart’s content. Thrills guaranteed.


Price from: £75
Minimum age: 18
Age suitable: 18+
When: All year around
Duration: 1 hour

Getting there & doing it

The track is in Tignes Les Brevieres. You can get there by car, on foot (descend from Tignes 1800 using the Brevieres gondola) or by ski (remember to bring shoes suitable for driving).

Helmets are provided, but wear warm clothing and ensure you’re travel insurance will cover it.

When to do it

The track is usually open from mid-December to the end of February subject to weather conditions.

Our writer’s picks of the best places to stay near this experience, closest first

Hotel Le Samovar

Val d'Isere, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France

Traditional, comfortable and ultra-friendly Savoyard skiers’ hotel, perfectly positioned to maximise time on the slopes.

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Hotel Avenue Lodge

Val d'Isere, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France

Located right in the heart of Val, Avenue Lodge has a chic, contemporary feel that combines Alpine style with innovative design. The underground spa, with pool, steam bath and sauna, is perfect apres skiing.

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Hotel Les Barmes de l’Ours

Val d'Isere, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France

Probably the most sought-after hotel in Val d’Isere, combining innovative design flair with an atmosphere of rustic charm.

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Le Refuge de Solaise

Val d'Isere, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, France

The highest hotel in France, La Refuge is a chic, luxurious and fun bolthole, in the heart of the Val d’Isere domain.

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