Tignes Ski Resort in France was hoping to open this weekend, but due to poor snow conditions, the resort will not open until snowfall allows. In a strong statement on its website, the resort clearly blames global warming as the reason they are unable to open as expected for the second year in a row.
Global warming and its repercussions are more relevant than ever, with Tignes witnessing first hand these effects upon its mountain domain: record temperatures seen throughout Europe this summer and over the previous few weeks have particularly affected the Grande Motte glacier.
By the end of this September, we can only lament over the degraded snow conditions, which do not offer the optimal training conditions required for skiers, clubs or snow sports professionals, who traditionally take to their skis in Tignes as from the month of October.
Our privileged position as a witness to these events, together with the special importance the resort places on its glacier, implies our natural adherence to environmental initiatives undertaken throughout the world.
Consequently, the Société des Téléphériques de la Grande Motte, the Régie des Pistes and the Town Counsel of Tignes have taken the joint decision to postpone the opening of the Grande Motte ski area (initially planned for the 28th September) in order to continue their protection efforts on the glacier. Future snowfall will determine the date of the autumnal opening of this domain.
All teams are ready and waiting to welcome the first skiers of the season as soon as the cold and snow conditions present themselves.
The indoor sporting facilities of Tignespace (sporting and congress center) and the Lagon (the aquatic center) shall nonetheless open on Saturday 28th September 2019.
Tignes, famous for having the longest season in France, brought a close to their summer glacier skiing due to poor conditions caused by warm temperatures across Europe.