The Slopestyle will be situated on the "Double M" piste that runs alongside the Lanches chairlift in Tignes Val Claret. The Tignes course will be traced over a length of 800m with a 190m rise. It will be scattered with eight gigantic snow modules (big air, table top etc.) and artificial modules (4 rails), including one 12 metres long.
The public will be welcomed at a gigantic arrival area where the famous Winter X Games towers will be installed
More about the Slopestyle...
About 800 metres long
Already 130 hours spent on grooming the snow
114.740 m3 of artificial snow produced on the site
2 new snowguns at the top of the Pipe, a new slope, shifting of electric wires trenches, redevelopment of the Pipe for more spectacular tricks along the SuperPipe etc. There was a lot of work to do on the half-pipe... but what a result!
The SuperPipe is an oversized half-pipe. The measurements of the SuperPipe used at the Winter X Games are exceptional: 220 metres long, 19 metres wide, 7 metres high (compared with a length of 120 m and 4 metre high walls for a standard pipe). The Tignes SuperPipe will have exactly the same dimensions as the one in Aspen, where the Winter X Games have taken place since 2002.
Like Aspen, the Tignes SuperPipe was open to the public at the start of the season, then closed from mid-February 2010, to form the king size dimensions required to meet X Games standards. Following the event, the SuperPipe returned to its "standard" dimensions to reopening to the public. You can therefore ride on the freestyle stars’ marks!
More about the SuperPipe...
220 metres long
7,20 metres high
Already 200 hours spent on grooming the snow to open the pipe to customers
44.120 m3 of artificial snow produced on the site
In order to welcome this exceptional event, Tignes has devoted extraordinary energy and resources to preparing competition venues that are free and accessible for everyone, right in the heart of Tignes Val Claret, at an altitude of 2,100m. To create the necessary infrastructures, the Tignes pistes service began work on an immense scale in July 2009.
SHAPERS: THE SNOW FLAKE PROS
Their names: Chris Gunnarson and Franck Wells. Their job: shapers. Those two pros from the American company SPT (Snow Park Technology) have been travelling all around the freestyle planet for 14 years with their state-of-the-art equipment to create the competition sites top athletes will ride. On February, 21st, they came back in Tignes to put the finishing touches to the masterpiece they started last July: pushing the snow to make the Slopestyle modules, bringing down the half-pipe bottom and raising the copping to get the SuperPipe its king-size dimensions… No doubts: our two shapers and their team fond some work to do while waiting for the first run!