Tignes Resort Info
Lift linked to Illustrious neighbour Val d'Isère to make up the Espace Killy, the Tignes ski area is, needless to say, vast and varied. The 300km of marked pistes cater for all levels and tastes with great off-piste, long wide blues and two snowparks (with another, even better one, over in Val d'Isère). Tignes also has the Grande Motte glacier providing year-round skiing. The glacier and Tignes' high altitude, make this resort for a great early or late season ski holiday destination. The whole area is serviced very well by an efficient lift system and the five 'satellites' that make up the resort are all linked by free bus.
Tignes ski resort
Due to its 1960s heritage, Tignes is not exactly famous for its Alpine charm. However, off-snow activities have improved somewhat over the last few years. There are a nice range of decent restaurants and bars whilst there are supermarkets for the largely self-catering crowd. Nightlife and après ski is pretty healthy and families are greatly welcomed with good childcare run by the ski schools. Overall, Tignes is not a place that relies upon Alpine ambience. But hey, who cares when the days are filled with such great skiing.
Number of ski lifts: 79 ; 2 funiculars, 4 cable cars ; 5 gondola lifts, 18 chairlifts, 25 detachable chairlifts
Number of runs: 155 with 26 black slopes (7 in Tignes), 39 red (19 in Tignes), 68 blue (36 (Tignes) and 22 green (7 in Tignes)
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Tignes Snow & Weather
|Snow Report - 06 Dec 2013|
|Last snowed|| 30-Nov-2013|
|Fresh snow||5 cm|
|Lower slopes||43 cm|
|Upper slopes||170 cm|
|Runs to resort||Packed|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Best skiing on groomed runs, variable elsewhere|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 06-Dec-2013)
There is great skiing available at the open resorts in France, including Bareges/La Mongie (85/150cm), Cauterets (80/120cm), Font Romeu (120/150cm), La Rosiere (50/105cm), Les Deux Alpes (40/160cm), Montgenevre (40/60cm), Tignes (44/170cm), Val d’Isere (43/86cm) and Val Thorens (65/105cm). It has been relatively mild at times this week but the temperature has dropped again now. The forecast is for bright, sunny weather across this weekend and into next week.
The big news in France is that many resorts will open for snowsports this weekend – either for weekend skiing or for the season fully.
Alpe d’Huez (22/150cm) is scheduled to open for the season on Friday 6th December.
Isola 2000 (55cm/60cm) was open for a pre-opening ski on Sunday 1st December but will open for the season daily from 7th December.
Meribel (30/105cm), Les Menuires (43/85cm) and Courchevel (45/105cm) in the Three Valleys ski area, as well as Chamrousse (15/25cm) and Les Orres (30/50cm), will open for the winter season on Saturday 7th December.
Grands Montets, at Argentiere (20/150cm) in the Chamonix valley (10/150cm) will open this Saturday 7th December. Les Houches, also in the Chamonix area will open for weekend skiing on 7th and 8th December.
Chatel (30/65cm) and Avoriaz (30/60cm) in the Portes du Soleil and Flaine (18/80cm) in the Grande Massif ski area, along with Foux d’Allos (32/45cm) and Villard de Lans (50/70cm), will open for weekend skiing on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th December, before opening for the season fully on Saturday 14th December.
Les Saisies (25/45cm) will open for weekend skiing in 7/8th December and 14/15th December before opening for the season fully on 19th December.
European Weather Outlook
The weather over the weekend and into next weekend is forecast to remain sunny for the majority of European skiing destinations. The good news is that mid-mountain temperatures should remain around freezing over the weekend, although it is set to get mild again next week.
Strong winds have affected the Scottish resorts this week, with some damage reported at Nevis Range. Some fresh snow could land over the weekend.
Fresh snow has already been reported in Norway and Sweden too, and more snow could land over the weekend.