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When visiting the charming mountain town of Tignes; a ski lover’s utopia, you will be blown away with the abundance of things to see and do. Nestled amidst the French Alps, this delightful tourist area makes for the perfect escape whether it be with family or friends. Take on the many thrilling ski slopes with runs for all levels, explore the shopping and dining as well as enjoying the renowned nightlife.
One of the many attractions that draw visitors to Tignes is the Grand Motte Glacier. Sitting proudly at an altitude of 3,653 metres on the northern part of Vanoise Massif mountain, the glacier offers great ski conditions in both winter and the beginning of summer. As one of the highest resorts in the area, Tignes is almost always guaranteed snow.
Skiing La Grande Motte Glacier
Skiing Grand Motte Glacier is an exciting opportunity for skiers of all levels. Luckily, the glacier hosts a number of blue, green, red and black runs perfect for beginners or advanced skiers. No matter your skill level, you will find a slope that perfectly suits you.
For those who wish to learn to ski or brush up on their skills before taking on the glacier, there are several ski schools in the area where you can prepare via group lessons or one on one sessions. The ski schools are especially great for kids who are just starting out in their skiing hobby. La Grande Motte can be reached by the funicular railway or a two-stage quad-chair. Both methods of transport start in Val Claret.
La Grande Motte is home to the highest slopes in the Espace Killy and here you can witness magnificent views over the Alps. For beginners, take on the glacier with the North Face run, this fairly easy piste is a great way to get new skiers or even kids out on the glacier. For memorable views give the North Face of Pramecou a go. This ski run exhibits some of the most beautiful sights from the glacier but is known to be challenging. Even advanced skiers must be cautious on Grand Motte as there are many difficult runs including the Couloirs de la Grande Balme, which can prove to be dangerous if a wrong turn is taken.
However, downhill skiing upon this remarkable glacier is an exhilarating and unforgettable experience.
Eat upon a Glacier
Sip on a delicious glass of wine or enjoy a delectable meal while taking in the breath-taking sights from up on top of La Grande Motte glacier at Le Panoramic. The funicular railway will take you up to this stunning high-altitude restaurant where you can indulge in gourmet cuisine cooked over a wood fire. This cosy yet sophisticated venue offers delightful fare and incredible panoramic views of the Alps. For a view you will never forget, take a cable-car from the restaurant to the top of the glacier.
When staying at either Mark Warner resorts, accessing ski runs that lead to the glacier is easy. To reach Val Claret via your skis from Chalet Hotel Aiguille Percée, located in Le Lac, take the Toviere ski lift to the top of the Henri blue run which leads down to the funicular railway and chair lifts in Val Claret. If you choose to stay at Chalet Hotel L’Ecrin, you will find yourself conveniently located right in the heart of Val Claret.
Spending a day skiing the thrilling pistes of La Grande Motte Glacier or enjoying a tasty meal at the top at Le Panoramic restaurant is the ultimate way to spend time with friends or family while in Tignes. With unforgettable views and fantastic runs, skiing a glacier is a rare yet exhilarating opportunity that should not be missed.
To find out more information about Tignes and the surrounding areas please visit our resort guide.