Tignes is one of the great ski resorts – with access to the huge Espace Killy ski area and glacier skiing that guarantees snow all year round.
We look at what’s new in Tignes for this 2017/18 winter ski season:
The first ski resort in the world with ‘Green Globe’ certified lifts
The Green Globe is an international certification programme which has been awarded to the Grande Motte cable-car company for its efforts in sustainable development and societal responsibility.
Tignes has been working hard to be environmentally conscious and create a ski area that works in harmony with nature as much as possible.
Some of the actions that have been taken that have led to the award include:
- The removal of hundreds of pylons across the ski area.
- A vast re-seeding programme designed to improve the integration of the slopes into the surrounding landscape and restore biodiversity.
- The regular renewal and updating of the resort’s shuttle bus fleet. Both locals and holidaymakers are encouraged to park in the underground car parks and travel by shuttle bus in resort.
Freestyle for Beginners
Freestyle isn’t just for the experts – everyone had to learn somewhere. Tignes has a great reputation among experienced freestylers, but novice freestylers can start there in style too.
The different family fun zones offer three different areas to try out. There are two easy snow parks for beginners and intermediates, equipped with green and blue level tables and rails.
The ‘Gliss’Park’ is a fun and challenging skiercross course with banked corners for all the family and the ‘Easy Border’ offers the chance to discover the sensations of snowboardercross without the initial fear!
New Improvements for Beginner Skiers
Tignes has invested in creating specific ‘novice zones’ for beginners. These are specific, safe and reassuring zones, dedicated to the learning process, and enabling novice skiers to progress at their own pace.
There are three levels of ‘novice zones’ Beginners can ‘Discover‘ skiing in level 1 zones (skiing on the flat, getting your balance…); ‘Learn’ in level 2 zones (enjoying the first skiing sensations) and ‘Evolve’ in level 3 zones (safe slopes and longer ski lifts).
The novices zones are located on the snow front in Brévières, Les Boisses, Tignes le Lac and Tignes Val Claret.
To improve the situation for beginners even more, in Tignes le Lac the two drag lifts have been replaced by the new ‘Almes’ 4-man chairlift, a free lift providing access to beginners’ slopes. In Val Claret the bottom of the ‘Henry’ slope has been remodelled to improve the beginners’ area.
XXL Half Pipe
At the other end of the ability scale, the XXL Half Pipe in Tignes is unique in France. At 190m long, 19m wide and 7m high, the dimensions are dizzying.
Even if you don’t use it yourself (!) the half pipe entertains some of the best riders on the planet and regularly hosts the world’s best freestyle ski and snowboard teams for training sessions and international events, so just drop by and check out some of the action.
Free 360 Cameras
Regular readers of our blog will already know that this season Tignes is offering skiers and snowboarders the chance to borrow a new 360° camera for free, in partnership with the popular Annecy-made brand, QimmiQ.
If you’ve never tried a 360 camera before this is a great chance to test it out. They capture all angles and all movements at 360° in full HD. Just pop into the Maison de Tignes Le Lac before you set out to ride.
Chalets in Tignes
If you’d like to find out what Tignes is all about for yourself, then please contact the Ski Val team on 01822 611 200 and we can find the right catered chalet for you.