Tignes Snow Report: 20th October 2014
Tignes is the place to be for pre winter season skiing. You can ski here 10 months a year from October to early May and from mid-July to late August.
Arriving in Tignes in October you are guaranteed snow. The highest point of the resort is the Grande Motte glacier at over 3400 meters and is just one lift ride away from the base of the resort. Most of the glacier is covered in training courses for everyone from local teams to National Europa Cup and World Cup teams. The Canadians, Italians, Swiss, Russian and French travel from all over the world for the excellent training here. However, it is a big glacier and there are runs free of gates for anyone to ski on. The turn-around is fast as there are three T-bars on the hill and a cable car that runs from top to bottom.
I arrived in Tignes last Saturday for a 6 day training camp. This camp is really the kick off for my 2014-2015 winter season. We started training slalom as it was quite windy. We were straight into gates from the first day and I had some new skis to test out. I really enjoyed skiing on them as they are stiffer than my old skis which meant they accelerated faster out of the turns, although it took a few runs to get them under control! Slalom is not my strongest discipline but it’s one that I am determined to master! I’ve been working on trying to put the pressure on my skis higher up in the turn as at the moment I put the pressure on under the gate and so I can’t accelerate out of the turns and I’m finally starting to see some improvement!
Unfortunately because of the weather conditions this week (lots and lots of snow!) the glacier was shut for 2 days. However, Tignes is a great place to be off season when the lifts are shut. They have recently built a massive indoor sports arena at Tignes Le Lac with a 200m indoor running track, a climbing wall, a football pitch, a hockey field, a volleyball court, squash courts and three badminton courts. It’s a great place for a few hours of fun on a rainy day. Right across the road you can find the swimming pool that has a 25m pool, a kids pool and big slides! Entry to the pool comes free with your lift pass!
Often when the weather is bad on the Glacier the weather in Tignes itself isn’t actually bad. Tignes Val Claret has an 18 hole golf course that is open between June and September, however it is not enclosed and you can go and play on it until the snow falls provided you have your own clubs. Between the end of June and the end of August the mountain biking trails and lift passes are completely free! After the end of August the lifts used for mountain biking close but there is nothing stopping you getting on your bike and heading up the hill. The tracks remain well maintained until the snow arrives. There are tracks for bikers of all levels and even different tracks for those wanting to work on their endurance or those looking for more thrilling downhill rides. To find out more about the mountain biking Tignes has to offer check out our mountain biking trails page here.
Luckily the weather cleared for us to still have four days skiing this week. We did quite a lot of giant slalom training and I was testing out more new skis and found a pair that worked perfectly for me so I’m really excited to keep training on them and getting faster! I’m in Meribel now for a few days off and then I’m heading back up to Tignes next week for another 6 days of training. I’ve got my fingers crossed for snow and sunshine!
Location: Tignes Region
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