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Skiing Tignes

 

Tignes at an altitude of 1550-3456m is served by the large well linked ski area called Espace Killy. Tignes shares the Espace Killy with Val d’Isere with over 300km (190 miles) of pistes consisting of 155 pisted runs, 9 slalom courses, 1moghul park, 2 snow parks, an area dedicated to those learning to free ride and the 1992 Olympics downhill course should you be feeling up for it! Espace Killy is also known for its incredible off-piste with good lift access.
 
 
Espace Killy boasts a fast and efficient lift system of 89 lifts including 2 high-speed underground trains (funicular railways) one of which transports you from Tignes Val Claret to the ‘Panoramic Restaurant’ on the Grand Motte Glacier.
 
All standards are catered for with ’5 free lifts for beginners’
 
Due to its altitude Tignes has a very reliable snow record which, after recent seasons of reduced snowfall, has encouraged people to choose higher mountain resorts making Tignes an ideal choice. According to ‘The good Ski & Snowboarding Guide 2007′ Tignes/Val d’Isere is one of only two ski areas in France listed as ’Snow-sure resorts’ which boasts 10 months of skiing every year.
 
Tignes has many non-ski activities on offer, bowling, ice skating, karting on ice, snow shoeing, scuba diving under ice, the aqua centre ‘Le Lagon’ with its many pools, slides, waterfall, spas and saunas. The Ice Museum at an altitude of 3000m on the Grand Motte Glacier is a 200m long tunnel with a gallery of ice sculptures. The village with its 150 shops, 115 bars and 7 ski schools has become one of Europe’s premier resorts.

Skiing in Tignes & Val D’isere

 

Snow can be guaranteed for most of the season with Val d’Isere being one of Europe’s highest resorts. The Espace Killy ski area (1,550m – 3,456m) combines Val d’Isere and Tignes which was named after France’s Olympic downhill skiing champion, Jean Claude Killy. Espace Killy has a combined 300km of marked pistes and a wide variety of terrain. There is also plenty of off-piste for those more experienced skiers and boarders.
 
The Tignes ski area
Can be broken down into four main areas, La Grande Motte Massif, Palet/L’Aiguille Percée, Toviere and Les Brévières. Summer skiing is possible on the Grande Motte glacier up at 3,456m.
La Grande Motte Massif – is the highest area of the whole of the Espace Killy at 3,456m and has a permanent snow cover, quick and easy access is by taking the funicular underground railway and then the Grand Motte cable car to the very top of the glacier. You have a good choice of wide blues, more challenging reds and a couple of black runs thrown in up on the glacier.
L’Aigulle Percée/Palet Massif – is accessed from the Val Claret area of Tignes by taking the Tichot chair lift and from Le Lac by taking the Palafour chair lift. There are a larger number of blue and red runs in this area compared to the number of black runs but if you like a challenge try the ‘Sache’ black run from the L’Aiguille Percée (the famous eye of the needle) all the way down to the hamlet of Les Brévières which sits at 1,550m.
Toviere – provides links across of Val d’Isere and tends to be busy because of this. You can access the Toviere area from Le Lac and from Val Claret. Blue and red runs are predominant in this area, the ‘Trolles’ is a steep black run which takes you down to Le Lac.
Les Brévières – is the lowest part of the Tignes ski area, 1,550m at village height up to 2,748m at L’Aigulle Percee. Easy wide blues and slightly challenging red runs can be found in this area.
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