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Tignes & Val d’Isère, Sports and Refinement

7 min reading time

Published on 16/01/18 - Updated on 17/03/22

Val d'Isère

While mountain villages at lower altitudes experience the full effects of global warming, two resorts continue to attract tourists from all over the world thanks to their ski slopes covered by a white blanket of snow: Tignes and Val d’ Isère. These two villages are in the heart of the Killy area, one of the world’s largest ski areas. This study looks at 80 years in the history of skiing in the Tarentaise, how these two villages stand out from their alpine rivals and how they plan to remain unique in the eyes of tourists from all over the world.

According to the OECD, 39% of ski areas in the Alps are expected to no longer have enough natural snow cover to continue their winter activities at the end of the century. This means 80 ski resorts situated between 1,000 and 2,000 meters above sea level are threatened to close in the  decades to...

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