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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 Apr 2015|
|Last snowed|| 05-Apr-2015|
|Fresh snow||5 cm|
|Lower slopes||70 cm|
|Upper slopes||177 cm|
|Runs to resort||Soft|
|Off piste snow||Varied|
|Comments||The best conditions can be found on the upper slopes|
Snow Overview - France (snow news updated 17-Apr-2015)
Following a week of very warm sunshine, clouds moved into France on Thursday, bringing the possibility of some light rain showers later in the day.
The lower slopes have really taken a hit this week and as a result expect some very worn conditions or even closed resort runs. So head high for the best skiing and the most reliable snow conditions. Resorts such as Val Thorens (110/225cm) and Tignes (76/180cm) provide two of the best options at present owing to their high altitude slopes.
Some good skiing is also available at present in the Paradiski area, with both Les Arcs (45/200cm) and La Plagne (10/180cm) reporting good conditions on the upper pistes in particular. The lowest slopes are suffering but the link remains open and both resorts are set to keep their lifts turning until April 26th.
Sadly some fairly heavy rain is forecast over the coming days, providing a wet final weekend for many resorts. The higher slopes (above 2,500m) could see up to 30cm of fresh snow in places over the weekend so head high for the chance of some powder.
European Weather Outlook
The mild air is set to remain over the Alps on Thursday before a weather front arrives during Friday, slightly lowering the freezing level. This is set to sadly bring some heavy rain to slopes below around 2,500m – although expect some local variations. By Saturday colder air should drop the snow level to around 2,000m but the precipitation is set to be lighter. On the upper slopes some good powder is very possible with up to 50cm of new snow expected at altitude during the course of the weekend.
Rain is expected in the Pyrenees this weekend, providing a damp end to the ski season. Some powder is possible on the very highest slopes, but lower down more snow loss is expected.
Glorious sunny weather is forecast in Bulgaria until Saturday, before the temperature drops significantly overnight in to Sunday, accompanied by some light snowfall.
Expect warm and mostly sunny springtime weather in Scandinavia over the weekend and into next week. More clouds are expected in Sweden, with a little light snow possible although there is a good chance of some nice sunny breaks too.
The clouds are set to clear from Scotland during Friday to leave a sunny and warm weekend –perfect for setting up spring snow conditions. This weather pattern is forecast to continue well into next week.