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Tignes plans to build large indoor snow dome

Tignes plans to build large indoor snow dome Tignes is famous as being one of the most snow-sure ski resorts in the Alps. The mighty Grande Motte glacier allows skiing up to 3456m and even in the summer months the glacier can be open for several weeks for summer skiing and snowboarding.

As the popular French resort continues to grow, it is setting its sights on the future and is now considering the impact of global warming. The Major of Tignes, Jean-Christophe Vitale, comments to The Times that the glacier ‘has already lost 30% of its ski area.’

An indoor snow dome will allow Tignes to offer winter sports 365 days a year without having to depend on the weather conditions. During the winter, real snow would be used on the slope while artificial snow will be created during the summer months.

The complex, named Ski Line, with be located in Tignes Val Claret sector and could cost up to 62 million Euros. The activity centre will include the 400m long slope with a chairlift, an indoor wave centre with 3m high waves for surfing, a restaurant and shopping area.

If plans go ahead, the snow dome could be open in 2018. The major’s office says that the snow dome will use hydroelectricity from the nearby dam as well as using power from solar panels on the roof of the complex.

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Tignes Indoor snow slope

Tignes ski slope

Photos: De Jong Architects 

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