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.
The resort was formerly open 365 days a year but in 2000 began to close for a period in the spring and autumn. The glacier is open this year from June 20 to the end of August with some of the continent's highest runs.
Up to 50 kilometres of trails are open, accessed by the Grande Motte underground funicular and the gondolas above ground, which reach a top height of 3550 metres. These statistics give Tignes the title of "largest Summer skiing area in Europe."