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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 - 17 Dec 2014|
|Last snowed|| 17-Dec-2014|
|Fresh snow||2 cm|
|Lower slopes||10 cm|
|Upper slopes||40 cm|
|Runs to resort||Fair|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 17-Dec-2014)
There was widespread cloud cover seen across France on Monday 15th December. Parts of France saw patches of sunshine but on the whole it was overcast for most of our featured resorts in France. The weekend saw lots of resorts open their gates but skiing is fairly limited due to the lack of snow but the best conditions can be found higher up the mountain where well groomed runs are available.
Les Deux Alpes (2/80cm) is offering good riding conditions up on the glacier and on Monday there was a total of 12 lifts in operation. The resort runs are either closed or in a fair state so it is better to stick to the runs at a higher altitude. Thicker clouds developed in the afternoon at Les Deux Alpes and there was light snow forecast for later in the day.
Over the next few days the weather is expected to change with more clouds forecast but there is a chance of fresh snow across all the ski regions during the middle of the week.
European Weather Outlook
After a fairly cloudy day on Monday across Europe, the forecast is indicating that the clouds will thicken and there is a significant chance of fresh snow to all of our featured countries on Wednesday. Switzerland looks as though it will benefit the most with up to 12cm being predicted, where as the likes of France, Italy and Austria should see an average fall of around 5cm. The freezing level may rise above 2000m later in the week which could see light rain but the slopes at high altitude shouldn’t be affected.
Bulgaria had a fairly clear day on Monday and this is expected to continue until midweek then more clouds should move in but this could bring more fresh snow.
Norway / Sweden have differing forecasts to each other in that Norway is expecting quite a cloudy week with scattered snow showers being predicted throughout the week. Sweden on the other hand looks as though it will be brighter with a few cloudy spells.