Where . . . [R600R, Tignes], France

What . . . La Grand Motte Glacier, above Tignes, is set at an altitude of 3030-3455 metres. Access to the base of the glacier is via an underground funicular from Tignes; it transports skiers from 2100 to 3000 metres in just seven minutes. Alternatively, take the Lanches or Vaoise chairlifts followed by the Grand Motte Cable Car to the top. Skiers and snowboarders will find a good choice of blue, red, and black runs served by chairlifts and drags. The popular North Face run isn't too steep, but can get a little chilly. The glacier snowpark appeals to freestylers, pros, and amateurs with its half-pipe, rails, moguls, hip ramp, quarter-ramps, and rainbow rail. Tignes summer ski school offers a five-day workshop starting at €104 and hour-long private lessons for €39.

Ski Pass Price . . . €29 adult day pass; €24 child

When to go . . . Opens 7:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 19 to Aug. 29, 2010

Nearby lodging . . . Tignes and Val d'Isere

Getting Here . . .

Air: Chambery Airport (130km); Geneva (165km); and Lyon (240km). Take rental cars and private shuttle buses.

Car: From Chambery: A430 to Albertville-Moûtiers-N90 until Bourg-St-Maurice-D902 until Tignes.

Public transport: Daily trains and TGV run to Bourg-St-Maurice (www.voyages-sncf.com). From here there are regular buses and taxis to Tignes and Val d'Isere.  

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