Yes, you read that headline correctly.
Tignes, one of the Alps' most snow-sure resorts at over 2000m altitude are looking into the construction of a 400m long indoor ski slope, complete with chairlift, surfing facilities, hotel and a shopping mall. Running under a working title of 'Ski Line', the planned facility draws inspiration from similar projects in countries like Dubai - you know, that hot, sandy, desert place with zero actual snow.
The facility, according to an article by the Telegraph, has apparently been proposed as a direct response to the shrinking glaciers that have been brought about by climate change:
“The Grande Motte glacier has already lost 30 per cent of its ski area, so we have decided to react by creating an indoor ski slope," said Jean-Christophe Vitale, the Major of Tignes.
We can't help but feel that it's just a little bit odd to respond to the problem of climate change with a project that will use thousands of gallons of water and electricity to run - particularly when you're already boasting about having over 300km of pistes and (almost) year round riding. That said, the facility will supposedly use power generated by Tignes' dam, and also be fitted with solar panels on the roof.
But is a facility like this really needed in a place where there is already such a huge amount of fantastic natural terrain to ride?
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