Tignes weather and snow conditions

Tignes weather and snow conditions


Due to the height of the trails, snow records for Tignes are considered exceptional, with reliable snow conditions the norm across the slopes for the entire winter season until at least May. The Espace Killy’s unique micro-climate attracts weather from both directions and repels Atlantic depressions, ensuring sufficient snow coverage at 2,000m and upwards for both late and early season skiers. Even in the valleys, winter rain falls as snow, with 10m depths usual rather than exceptional.

One minor problem as winter recedes and spring advances are the snow-eating Fohn winds bringing low pressure and minimal humidity, causing instability of the surface snow and increasing the likelihood of avalanches for a few days. The possibility of low-snow winters is well taken care of by the resort’s strategically-positioned snow cannons, dotted across on-piste slopes. Weather here can change almost in an instant, with temperature inversions causing dramatic thick fogs and low cloud obscuring the mountains and the trails. Fortunately the reverse change is just as fast, with the spectacular views reappearing like magic.