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After over a month with no ski resorts open in France, Val d’Isere, Tignes and Les 2 Alpes are re-opening their glacier slopes for 5 – 10 week summer ski and board seasons.
At Tignes from June 22nd the slopes are open again for all those who rise early. Operating from 7:15am to 1pm, lifts serving 20 kilometres of runs on the Grande Motte glacier are open in the altitude range from 3,000 to 3,456 metres.
Thanks to the Perce Neige funicular which first opened in March 1993, it takes only seven minutes to reach the summer ski runs from the heart of Tignes, at an altitude of 2100 metres.
There are great views as well as a great terrain park. Look out for Mont Pourri, the ridges of Grande Sassière, the Grande Casse (the highest point of La Vanoise with a altitude of 3,856 metres) and in the distance the majestic Mont Blanc range are all visible from the glacier.
Tignes' summer ski school is open for all ability levels with lessons starting at €120 for a five-day group workshop and from €71 per two hours for private lessons.