Inside Track: Tignes

Tignes is full of pretty gnarly high alpine runs. Four times world freeride champion Guerlain Chicherit is a Tignes local. If you want everyone in the resort to know just how badass you are, try the Couloir de Tourne (locally known as Alaska). It’s a beast of a face but in the right conditions, you can get a sweet line down towards Val Claret. My mate Steven ‘Chippie’ Windross skied the glory line on the Tourne from the summit last season. It’s only ever been done once before.

Will Hughes goes for a potter about in the back yard. Photo: James McPhail

For something more technical, rope in to the couloir on the Dôme de Pramecou. It’s a fun abseil onto a 50-degree slope. When there’s flat light or the snow is pelting down, the tree runs towards Brevieres are fun but make sure you watch out for the hidden cliffs. I’m sure they’ve shattered many a collarbone in their time.

For pow riding, the Lognan area and Génépy have marked off-piste runs. If you’re looking for your first taste of powder, it’s great place to start. There’s some nice open fields to play around in the pow pillows.



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