Tignes operates 400 snowguns dispersed over the entire skiable area: from the top of Double M run to Les Brevieres and Toviere summit. Thanks to their continued operation, you can ski from one mountain to another.
Artificial snow is a complex mixture of water and air. In Tignes, the snow is “man-made”, which is different from artificial snow : man-made snow is a mixture of compressed air and water, which is mixed as it leaves the snow-cannon creating ice crystal upon which a snow-flake form as it falls to the ground : (artificial snow is a pre-determined “fake” snow crystal).
A granule of snow-covered ice forms in the snowgun nozzle before being forced through by pressurized air. To produce artificial snow, weather conditions are paramount:
- Temperature below -3° C
- Low humidity
- Minimal wind
Where does the water come from ?
Here in Tignes, the water is taken directly from the natural lake at 2100 meters. No chemicals are added.