Exciting plans are in the pipeline for a pioneering ski race training and snowsports academy in Tignes, with the aim of taking our winter athletes to the next level.
The idea of the Apex 2100 project is to build a state-of-the-art sports centre plus 272-bed hotel at 2100 metres in Tignes Le Lac. Tignes was chosen for its high altitude and because year-round access to the Grande Motte glacier gives athletes a whopping 200 plus training days on snow each year. Non-snow days can be spent in the world class Tignespace centre, with its pro climbing wall and 3500m2 sports zone, or in the Lagon pool and gym.
Young elite winter athletes will be selected based on merit, rather than ability to pay, and will board at the centre and train year-round. A first-class education will also be offered to both British and international students, organisers say.
It’s the second ambitious plan to boost Tignes in the pipeline – read about plans for a summer indoor ski slope and standing surf wave pool here.
Sir Clive Woodward, on board as the Director of Sport, brings his incredible experience in leading teams of athletes to success – famously in the 2003 Rugby World Cup and as head of Team GB training at the Beijing 2008, Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games. Less well-known is the fact that Sir Clive is a keen skier and former president of BASI (British Association of Snowsports Instructors).
His involvement is expected to give an even bigger boost to the momentum that’s already gathering in British snowsports. The Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics saw Team GB’s best performance in decades, topped off with Jenny Jones’s snowboard slopestyle bronze. More success in competition means a vital increase in UK Sport funding, creating a cycle of success.
Tignes is already known as The Sportiest Resort – a label it’s clearly proud of – and the academy will cement its position at the forefront of winter sports development.
At the time of going to press the planning process was still underway, though it’s hoped the academy could open as soon as 2018.
You can register to receive news updates and more information about the project on the Apex 2100 website www.apex2100.org.