The Grande Motte glacier was not spared by the heatwave that has hit France since the beginning of summer. Unfortunately, safety and quality conditions are no longer met on the ski runs.
The Grande Motte glacier will therefore close to skiers on Thursday, July 25th in the afternoon (and not on August 4th like it was initially announced), but will remain open to pedestrians until Friday, August 30th 2019 (including, of course, the "Altitude Experience", that offers exceptional views from the roof top of the cable car at more than 3000 m of altitude).
This early closure also meets the need to protect the glacier on order to being able to open it to professional teams, who traditionnally start their training in Tignes in autumn, on September 28th 2019.
(Photo above: the Grande Motte glacier on July 25th 2019)
"Rosolin" piste on the day of the opening of the glacier, on June 22nd 2019 (source: Grande Motte webcam)
"Rosolin" piste on the day of the closure to skiers, on July 25th 2019 (source: Grande Motte webcam)
Summer skiing: an always unusual activities for holiday-makers, who put their ski boots on in the morning... and their flip-flops in the afternoon when they are back in the resort! But it is also a necessity for professional skiers, who traditionally train in Tignes in summer and autumn to get ready for the winter competitions.
Photos: opening of the glacier on June 22nd 2019, snowpark on July 2nd 2019