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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 - 20 Nov 2014|
|Last snowed|| 17-Nov-2014|
|Fresh snow||20 cm|
|Lower slopes||15 cm|
|Upper slopes||70 cm|
|Runs to resort||Closed|
|Off piste snow||Limited|
|Comments||Great conditions for this time of year|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 22-Nov-2014)
The fantastic amount of fresh snow recently has allowed resorts to work on the slopes and a number of resorts will open this weekend.
It is already possible to ski at Tignes (15/70cm), with excellent early season riding up on the Grande Motte glacier.
Val Thorens (30/60cm) will open for their full winter season this Saturday 22nd November and with 20cm of fresh snow falling into 18th November the riding will be excellent this opening day.
La Clusaz (0/100cm) will open for skiing on the Balme area for Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd November, with reportedly the best conditions high up at this time of year for 15 years.
Alpe d’Huez (10/150cm) will also open for skiing this weekend, along with parts of the Montgenevre skiing area (10/30cm) on the French side of the Milky Way ski domain.
Serre Chevalier plans to open for weekend skiing on 29th and 30th November, as a season pre-opener. They are saying this is the first time they’ve opened for a pre-opener in November.
Chatel plans to open for weekend skiing in the Pre-la-Joux area from 29th until they open daily on 13th December. Font Romeu, Les Deux Alpes and Val d’Isere all plan to offer skiing on 29th November, along with Bareges/La Mongie and Cauterets in the Pyrenees.
The forecast across the French resorts is for the bright weather of Thursday 20th to continue into Friday before clouds build, with a chance of rain and snow towards the end of the weekend.
European Weather Outlook
Europe had an excellent day for weather on Thursday 20th November with all of our featured resorts across the continent seeing mainly clear, sunny skies with the odd patch of thin cloud. There has been plenty of snow falling over the past week so conditions are looking fantastic on the higher resorts and glaciers.
If you are planning on a European skiing trip this weekend then you should be in luck as there is a lot of sunshine forecast for Saturday and parts of Sunday. On the whole it is generally quite cold as mid mountain temperatures are averaging a few degrees above freezing.