Tignes is warning that its summer ski season, due to start on Saturday, may be impacted by the hot weather in much of Europe, including the Alps.
"The winter season went well despite relatively dry conditions. Spring has also been drier and warmer than usual, and the last few days have been scorching," an online statement from the resort advises, continuing, "We will keep you regularly informed of the evolution of the conditions on the glacier and we advise you not to purchase your ski passes more than two days before (you plan to ski.)"
Tignes is aiming for a six week summer ski season until the end of July, if mother nature cooperates, starting from this Saturday, 18 June 2022. However its most recent social media posts have focussed on its mountain biking and golf offerings.
The resort used to offer skiing 365 days a year on its Grande Motte glacier, then moved to trying to ensure skiing and boarding was possible at least one day of every month of the year. In recent years though it has given up on August and September operates as climate change takes hold and has now been overtaken by Les 2 Alpes for length of summer ski season, with Les 2 Alpes already open and hoping to stay open through August.
Tignes' neighbour Val d'Isère announced at the start of this month that it would not open for summer skiing this year, for what's believed to be the first time since it started offering it in 1958. Val d'Isère blamed the dry winter and hot May.
This weekend temperatures on Alpine glaciers are expected to reach +10C in the current heatwave but currently Tignes say that the Grande Motte will open for summer skiing and boarding.