Tignes is becoming the place to freeride and freestyle, with record numbers of snowpark visitors topping 3,000 per hour!
The resort is attracting those that ski and snowboard on their own terms – budding amateurs and pros – with ever bigger, more varied and complex Freestyle Zones.
Since hosting the X Games, it’s built on a reputation for kick-ass kickers and has been ploughing its energies into enhancing its Freestyle Zones. Big, wide, well-groomed and laser-shaped, the snowpark in Tignes has earned its notoriety.
For experts and advanced freestylers, the park offers 4 red and black-level jumps, as well as the impressive jib zone. For intermediates and beginners, Tignes created 2 “Easy Parks” – real beginners zones for apprentice freestylers comprising of 5 green-level and 4 blue-level kickers, with rails and a line of rollers. Combined with “Jeep Easy Boarder”, it’s all designed to encourage budding freestylers.
The Powerade Air Bag takes place at the bottom of the slopes in Tignes Val Claret, giving you a chance to practice aerial manoeuvres safely.
Its king-size dimensions give riders maximum speed and amplitude. In competition, athletes are judged on the execution and the difficulty of the tricks, on their landings and their overall use of the SuperPipe. The French shaper Benjamin Ravanel need 44,000m3 of snow to turn the Tignes’ Halfpipe into this 220-metre long, 19-metre wide and 7-metre high XXL SuperPipe. Play at being a pro rider on the SuperPipe in Tignes, open to the public all winter (except during contests).
Tignes has an excellent reputation for off-piste: 80% of the ski area is classed as off-piste. Six information totems, dedicated to freeriders, are positioned at strategic points at the heart of the skiable area, close to members of the ski patrol. Their aim is to make sure you’ve got all the information you need to stay safe off-piste, including information on the day’s weather, changes in the snow cover, reminders on safety rules etc. You also have the “DVA check point” – a beacon that enables you to check that your avalanche transceiver is working properly.
An avalanche transceiver is the freerider’s best friend and a visit the “DVA training zone”, located at the heart of Tignes on the banks of the lake, is a must before heading out. The DVA training zone is made up of 8 permanently buried beacons, which allow you to practise, to learn or to perfect the use of your avalanche transceiver in an autonomous way. It’s free entry and two introductory sessions are held each week after skiing has finished. These are taught by members of Tignes’ ski patrol.
Ten “Naturides” are available in Tignes’ ski area. They are marked black slopes that have been secured against avalanches, but not groomed. This means the natural snow conditions are preserved, according to changes in the weather. It’s a way of testing your skills and fitness before dropping into off piste.