Big snowfalls in Europe this past week cleared the way for many resorts to kickstart their seasons. The good news is that more is on the way this weekend. Continue reading ‘Snow report: Big storms in Europe, Loveland kicks off season’Print This Post
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After the success of the inaugural event last winter, Tignes has announced that the new European version of the Winter X Games, which has been a mainstay in the US for more than a dozen years, most of them at Aspen Snowmass in Colorado, will be back in the French resort for its second staging this coming winter. Continue reading ‘Winter X Games returning to Tignes next March’Print This Post
A charity that supports people living with multiple sclerosis is looking for skiers and snowboarders to sign up for its upcoming Monster Ski event in France next February. Continue reading ‘Monster Ski Charity Challenge for MS seeking participants’Print This Post
Tignes shares the huge and wonderful Espace Killy with Val D’Isere, but the underground funicular accessed Grand Motte glacier officially belongs to Tignes. The glacier no longer offers skiing 365 days a year (but is open in all four seasons and in total for nearly 10 months). For eight months a vertical drop of 1400 metres is maintained, with the aid of snow-making if neccessary. The resort has five different base areas, the main one being Val Clartet with Le Lac and Le Lavachet nearby. Lower down the mountain is Les Boisses and a renovated old village Les Brevieres, at the lowest point in the system – 1550 metres (higher than many ski areas end, but with 2000 metres above it!). Night life is limited for such a large ski resort. Tignes is owned by the same Japanese company which formerly owned Steamboat in Colorado and Sahoro in Japan.
One of the highest resorts in Europe, Tignes also offers more skiing in winter and in summer than pretty well anywhere else, thanks to its high altitude skiing on the Grande Motte glacier and its commitment to maintain a vertical of at least 1000 metres (3280 feet) for eight months of the year. Sharing the vast l’Espace Killy ‘ ski area with neighbouring Val d’Isère, purpose-built Tignes has the stronger French influence of the two, as well as being largely based at a higher and more snow-sure altitude.
There are in fact five base areas to Tignes, although three of them – Le Lac, Le Lavachet and Val Claret – more or less run in to one another to form the main section. They stand together in a vast snowy bowl above the tree line resembling some sort of isolated moon base, from a distance. Further down the mountain, but lift linked to l’espace Killy are Les Boisses and Les Brévières and there are three traditional villages along the valley floor on the road to Val d’Isère (Le Reculaz, Le Chevril and Le Villaret du Nial), but these are not lift-linked.
Interestingly the original base is Le Lac, the relocated genuine village of Tignes that was submerged under Lake Chevril following the construction of a dam in 1952. The church bell was the only physical momento to be carried up to the new village site, but the spirit of skiing which began in ‘old Tignes’ in the 1920s was certainly carried forward with spectacular results!
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The French football team is finishing up a stint of altitude training in Tignes before a series of frendlies leading up to the world cup.
They’ve spent the last week at the French ski area, and tomorrow they will face Costa Rica. They’ll play Tunisia on the 30th and China on June 4th as well.
The French team training in Tignes takes place every Spring, but is particularly important this year as some World Cup matches will take place in Johannesburg, at an altitude of 1800 metres (5,900ft). Other teams are training in Alpine ski resorts too, including the Japanese team in Saas Fee.Print This Post
Tignes in France, is offering a week’s accommodation, lift ticket and apres ski for 175 Euros ($ 250 U.S.) on this week for the last week of the season.
The special offer, valid from May 1 – 8, and including seven nights accommodation and six day lift ticket, is priced at less than the cost of a six day lift ticket alone at the high altitude French resort during the main season.
At least 100km of ski runs will still be open and 1000m or more of vertical.
Anyone taking advantage of the offer will also receive free evening admission to the resort’s Lagoon swimming complex.Print This Post
With excellent late season snow conditions dominating the European ski resorts, it’s a good time for Brits to catch a good deal for the Bank Holiday.
Ski Freshtracks is offering a weekend break for all ski abilities over the first of May weekend, based in the snow sure French resort of Tignes. It includes evening flights and convenient transfers giving four full days on the snow.
The Bank Holiday Blast is open to skiers of all abilities (except beginners) wishing to sample the wide range of pistes and glacier runs in the Espace Killy. The price of £595 (€678) includes four nights bed and breakfast in a three star hotel, twin share, return scheduled flight and coach transfer and Club leaders.Print This Post