Thursday, June 14, 2012

France Kicks Off Glacier Skiing

Summer skiing in France starts this weekend at Les 2 Alpes with Tignes opening a week later. At the moment snow conditions in both resorts is some of the best June conditions in recent years with a good base remaining from last winter plus fresh snow and cold temperatures since.
Les 2 Alpes (picture attached) summer ski resort openning dates are from june 16th to september 1st, 2012 from 7.15am to 12.30am. The ski resort will have 7 lifts running (2 gondola lifts, 1 funicular, 3 chair lifts, 7 ski lifts and 1 rope tow) giving access to 2 green runs, 4 blues and a 2 red runs. The Snowpark is located at an altitude of over 3,200 m on Europe’s largest glacier and is used for summer riding. Over the years Les 2 Alpes summer park has become one of the best snowparks in Europe and throughout the world. The glacier is accessible via the Jandri Express cable car in 24 minutes from the centre of the resort.
Tignes has 6 lifts and over 20 kilometres of runs with a vertical drop of over 750 m. The snow park offers 2 half pipes, rails, bumps and jumps of all sizes. It opens on June 22nd. From 7:15am to 1pm, the ski runs at Grande Motte glacier, located at an altitude ranging from 3,000 to 3,456 metres, are open to ride. Since March 1993, Perce Neige funicular offers a lift from the heart of Tignes. Located at an altitude of 2,100 metres – at the foot of the 3,000-metre glacier – it will transport you in a record time of 7 minutes.
Thanks to the Pissaillas glacier (known as the Val d'Isère glacier), Val d'Isère is also one for the few places to offer summer skiing in the Alps. In Val d'Isère the summer ski season is quite short and the glacier will be open for skiing from June 9th to July 15th, 2012. The ski area is served by three ski lifts: TKdu Montet, TK Cote 3000 and the Cascade Express.

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