Summer skiing kicks off in the Alps

17th June 2019, by Abi Butcher

Summer skiing starts in Tignes this weekend. Pic ©

Summer skiing starts in Tignes this weekend. Pic ©

British summer has barely started — with snow still falling in some parts of the Alps — and summer skiing is beginning. In Tignes, the Grande Motte glacier will open from Saturday (22 June) until 4 August, for skiers and pedestrians alike. Ski passes will cost €35 for the day for adults, and €28 for children, with lifts open from 07:15 to 13:00 each day.

This year, as Where to Ski & Snowboard reported earlier, the Grande Motte cable car has a new look with panoramic roof terrace so skiers and pedestrians go enjoy an al fresco ride up the mountain, with 360-degree views and room for some 100 people. The Grande Motte gondola is the largest and highest in the world, climbing to an altitude of 3,456m.

Over in Les Deux Alpes — which has one of the largest skiable glaciers in Europe — skiing also starts on Saturday (22 June) running until Sunday 25 August. The resort is also making improvements for the coming winter season, replacing the four-man chair that serves the glacier from La Fee to a new eight-seat Crêtes chairlift. In line with the ski resort’s drive for sustainability, the old lift is being recycled and will replace the elderly lift at Le Thuit. Also being upgraded is the Super Venosc chair — which is an incredible 40 years old.

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