Friday, September 26, 2008

Tomorrow September 27th Tignes opens the Grande Motte ski area

This weekend the glacier at Tignes opens. The Grande Motte is the highest ski area in the Espace Killy. The scenery is breathtaking with the Vanoise National Park to the south, the Grande Motte (3,656m) and Grande Casse (3,852m) to the west, the Mont Blanc (4,808m) to the north and the Grande Sassière (3,747m) to the east. The glacier ski area at 3,000 m offers in autumn 130 hectares, 20 km of pistes with 750 m of vertical drop, and a beautiful snowpark (750 m by 250 m).
From november, you can ski from top of Grande Motte glacier to Val Claret resort, that means 1,500m of vertical drop.To hit the slopes of the Espace Killy, named after the skier and Olympic champion Jean-Claude Killy, you must wait until 1st december. Without doubt the Val d'Isere and Tignes combined skiing area is one of the most emblematic places to ski in the Alps. A modern lift network of 96 ski lifts: 2 funiculars, 4 cabin lifts, 4 cable cars, 45 chairlifts, 41 drag lifts – give access to 10,000 hectares and 300 kilometres of ski trails - 137 ski runs: 22 green, 64 blue, 35 red, 16 black - 9 slalom stadiums and 2 mogul stadiums - 2 half-pipes and 2 snow parks. The ski resort also has 331 snow canons which will ensure a bountiful supply of artificial snow for the slopes.And to round things off nicely, you can go to Le Lagon a 5000 m² aqua centre dedicated to sport, relaxation and well-being…featuring amongst other things 2 swimming pools, 1 with waterslides, a balneotherapy area with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, as well as fitness and exercise rooms, all with unrestricted views over Tignes lake and the Grande Motte glacier.Tignes comprises 5 Villages; Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, and Le Lavachet close together at 2,100 metres, Tignes Les Boisses (1,850m) and Tignes-les-Brévières (1,550m).