Tignes kicked off the winter season today with the opening of its Grande Motte Glacier (3455m). An early-season ski pass for the gliacer costs €29 adults and €24 children, valid from Sept. 25 to Oct. 22.
Skiers and snowboarders can access the Grande Motte glacier via the funicular in just seven minutes between 8:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m every day. The glacier currently has a snow base of 100cm.
Due to its high-altitude skiing and excellent snow record, Tignes is one of the first resorts to open and last to close every year. Tignes is open Sept. 25 to May 8 this season.
The Espace Killy ski area (Tignes and Val d'Isere) opens Nov. 27 with its 300 kilometres of slopes. This is France's largest ski area and it stretches between 1550m and 3450m, offering a total vertical of 1900m.
Espace Killy is suitable for all levels of skier and snowboarder with 23 green runs, 66 blue, 40 red, and 27 black. In addition to these, there are six slalom courses, one mogul field, two snowparks, and the Gliss Park.
Tignes (2100 metres) has a very reliable snow record due to its high altitude. The resort comprises five Villages: Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, Le Lavachet, Tignes Les Boisses, and Tignes-les-Brevieres. The first three are close together at 2100 metres and Les Boisses and Les Brevieres are further down the valley.