Tignes will be first to open this winter – September 27, 2008

The magnificient resort of Tignes will be the first to open its slopes this winter.

The season officially gets under way on September 27 with the opening of the Grande Motte glacier.

Tignes opens its ever-improving ski area, starting with the pistes on the glacier at more than 3,000m high.

Said a Tignes tourist board spokeswoman: "It’s the place to be this autumn – the best spot to improve your skiing before Wiinter 2009 and to test your new jumps before everyone else!"

Practical information:

The glacier has 20 km of pistes with six ski lifts.

It will be open from 8.30am to 2.45pm.

A one day adult pass 

costs €31.


A one day children pass costs €25 (from five to 13 years old).

There’s a bonus for 2008 – mountain bikes are allowed on the glacier, too!

Tignes will boast a bike park, opening again its magical trail, which starts on the Grande Motte glacier. Mr Freeze trail is 5km long with 900m of vertical drop, from the glacier at 3,030m to Tignes Val Claret at 2,100m.

Practical information:

It is open from 8.30am to 2.45pm.

A one day adult mountain bike pass 

costs €12,50.

See the video: Mr. Freeze trail – visit