A covered ski slope that can be skied 365 days a year – and has a wave pool for surfing at the bottom – is the incredible plan underway to make Tignes a year-round adventure sports destination.
The resort is already one of the only places in Europe to offer summer skiing on the Grande Motte glacier. But as the glacier is retreating year by year due to global warming, Tignes officials have come up with a plan to give nature a helping hand.
The idea is to create a piste enclosed by a glass tunnel on the current race slope next to the Tichot lift in Val Claret. It will be served by its own ski lift and at the bottom will be a restaurant and wave pool, which will generate 3m high rollers. All this will be built at the same time as a 1050-bed Club Med village. The ski-surf complex will be open 7 days a week, year-round (except for maintenance) from 9am to 10pm. In winter the slope would use natural snow shifted in, and in summer snow cannons would make snow at night. It’s hoped the development will be eco-friendly, using a hydroelectric power plant, bringing in water from Tignes Lake and running it off into the dam, generating enough electricity to power itself.
The €62m project was approved in principle today by the Direction Départementale des Territoires. The next stage is that Tignes council will work on more detailed plans and find financial backers. The council hope to start work on the ground in 2019.
Mayor Jean-Christophe Vitale said the project is about sustaining the resort’s economic competitiveness when the glacier is decreasing year by year.
We can’t wait to try this out!