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 - 04 Dec 2013|
|Last snowed|| 30-Nov-2013|
|Fresh snow||5 cm|
|Lower slopes||46 cm|
|Upper slopes||170 cm|
|Runs to resort||Slushy|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||Spring conditions across the resort|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 04-Dec-2013)
More resorts opened in France over the weekend and many resorts received further fresh snowfall.
In the Pyrenees you can ski at Bareges/La Mongie (100/150cm) and Cauterets (50/120cm), both of which received new snow over the weekend. The skiing is great at this time of year, with well over a metre of snow on the upper slopes.
Further north, La Clusaz (15/70cm) is currently only open at the weekend although the pistes are closed during the week. Again fresh snow over the weekend enhanced the conditions for those that did visit the resort to get in some early season turns.
La Rosiere (50/105cm) is also open for snowsports with a snow base in excess of one metre on the higher slopes. The resort did not report any fresh snow over the weekend, but even without new snow the skiing and snowboarding is still good. There are seven lifts open that provide access to eight pistes.
As you would expect for the start of December, the glacier skiing resorts of Val Thorens (70/110cm), Val d’Isere (46/91cm) and Tignes (50/200cm) are open with excellent skiing conditions. This is a great time to be skiing at these open resorts with great snow cover, fine weather and quite slopes.
European Weather Outlook
A very dry and sunny week is expected for the majority of European resorts, with no fresh snow expected for the majority of Austria, France, Switzerland and Italy.
Temperatures will be mild for the time of year too with freezing levels around 2600m for much of the week.