Tignes, France opened on Wednesday 17th October for what they describe as the longest season in France, ‘first to open, last to close’.
Beginning with just skiing on the Grande Motte glacier, depending on the conditions the resort progresses the gradual opening of the pistes in Tignes until the link to Val d’Isère opens and the winter season begins in earnest.
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Initially, the resort was aiming for a 29th September opening day, but warmer than expected weather causing a depleted snowpack put paid to that. Back in the 1990s, they were famous for being open 365 days a year, and even today still has the longest ski season in France and is usually open in October and early November when no other French area is.