Tignes, in the French Alps, is one of the largest ski areas in the country. Every winter, tourists come to enjoy its slopes. While they sleep soundly, men and women are up before dawn, busy securing the ski area. FRANCE 24 went to meet some of these seasonal workers with an unusual but highly enjoyable job!
Tignes News and Updates
Tignes has unveiled its upgraded Grande Motte glacier cable car, and the big news is that now you can ride up on top of the cabins.
Climbing from 3,034 metres to 3456 metres in five minutes, the cable car originally opened in 1975 and the new cabins are part of a full overhaul of the area which includes the creation of ‘Altitude Experiences’ which will include a viewing platform and indoor exhibition accessible to all and due to open in May next year as part of the full 17 million upgrade project.
The two new ‘open-top’ cabins designed in Switzerland by Garaventa AG will offer passengers a unique 360-degree view of one of the most beautiful panoramas of the French Alps with views of Mont Blanc, the Cime de Bellecôte and the Aiguille de la Grande Sassière (3,747 m). Each cabin can hold 100 people indoors and 20 ion the roof. However the rooftop open-air sections will not operate in autumn and winter due to likely weather conditions at altitude, and will first be open to the public next May.
Tignes has also announced a three year clean up programme of its glacier and announced it had already removed five tonnes of rubbish in the first month of the project since August.