Twelve Days In France: A ski odyssey
Day seven. February 16, 1994.
|Tignes...Too big to describe with numbers, but...|
|Base||(Tignes-Les-Brevières): 1550m (5085')||Summit||3500m (11482')|
|Maximum Skiable Vertical||1400m (4593')||Skied Vertical||932m (3057')|
Two hours plus drive from Beviers brought me to L'Espace Killy: Tignes and Val D'Isere. Found lodgings at the Hotel Aiguille Percée: breakfast, dinner, and room with bath for 350FF a night (about 60 bucks). 500 feet or less from the lifts.
Squeezed in a half day of some small exploration of Tignes. Got acquainted with the funicular and the real .
is a bizillion dollar subway through the rocks which whisks you up 1000m in about 8 minutes to the summer skiing on the glacier. The train holds hundreds of people: it has to be seen to be believed. Rode it up to the Glacier Grande Motte, where the runs down were mostly easy cruisers, with a small off-piste variant near the Rocher de la Grande Balme.
Spent my aprés ski at the local bowling alley, which seemed to have the most lively scene. They might know their skiing, but this sport has the French pretty confused.
Back to Day 06 Chamrouse (site of 1968 Alpine events) or on to Day 08 Tignes/Val D'Isere.