A huge indoor snow dome, the first of it’s kind at a major ski resort, is being planned for the french destination of Tignes.
With global warming in mind, the authorities at one of France’s highest resorts believe the project will future-proof its’ status as a year round destination.
Tignes already offers limited summer skiing on its Grande Motte glacier but the planned snow dome is on a different scale altogether and will provide guaranteed conditions and snow quality whatever the weather and whatever the impact of climate change.
If it gets the final go-ahead it’ll be built down a slope in the resort’s Van Claret sector and cost in the region of 62 million euros, requiring a degree of private finance.
“The Grande Motte glacier, which is used for summer skiing in July and August, has apparently already lost 30% of its volume and with global warming accelerating that loss, Tignes has decided to plan for the future in an unheard of move for a ski resort” said a statement from the resort.
The ski slope would cover an area of 20,000m2 with a suspended ski lift
and the wave centre 822m2. There will be a restaurant on site as well as a shopping area and changing rooms. A new Club Med complex will also be built nearby.
The resort are hoping that they will attract year round clientele, including teams of athletes looking to train at altitude, corporate groups for hosting seminars and potentially the opening of ski world cup competitions. The 4 and 5 star Club Med complex will also be open all year and the build will increase the number of beds in Val Claret by 1050.
Flights from Heathrow to Geneva are available with British Airways and Swiss.
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