Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 45.41100°N / 6.85820°E
Additional Information Elevation: 11994 ft / 3656 m
Sign the Climber's Log


Grande Motte is an icecaped dome, esthetically perfect, but unfortunately (for non skiers) the NE face is colonized by the skilifts of the resort of Tignes.

The N face which dominates the valley of Champagny, and the S face over the Leisse valley remain lonely and are part of the Vanoise National Park.

Grande Motte is the second highest peak of the Vanoise Massif after Grande Casse .

Normal route is a PD iceclimb from the cable car endstation. The other routes are usually only skied down.

Web cam with Grande Motte

Getting There

Start point is Tignes Val Claret

To reach Tignes :

- By car
Main distances:
Paris 690 km / 429 miles,
Lyon 240 km / 149 miles,
Chambéry 130 km / 81 miles,
Geneva 165 km / 103 miles,
Brussels 943 km / 586 miles,
Stuttgart 699 km / 434 miles,
Amsterdam 1039 km / 646 miles,
Turin 163 km / 101 miles,
Barcelona 793 km / 493 miles

A430 to Chambéry and Albertville
Dual carriageway from Albertville to Moûtiers
N 90 to Bourg St Maurice
D 902 to Tignes

- By rail
Daily trains and TGV's (high speed trains) to Bourg Saint Maurice (32 km)
Paris to Tignes: 5 hrs by TGV (high speed train)
London to Tignes: 10 hrs by TGV(high speed train)

- By plane
Lyon-St.Exupery airport
Chambéry airport
Geneva International airport (165 km)

Red Tape

Park fee in Tignes

Rules of the National Vanoise Park :
-No picking, no collecting the animals, plants, rocks and fossils all belong to the environment.
-No loud noise, no disturbance, for the tranquility of all.
-No dogs, not even on a lead, so as not to disturb wild and domestic animals alike.
-Leave no rubbish, no trace of your passage.
-No camping, no bivouacking. Bivouacking is allowed near certain refuges, under the control of the warden.
-No fires. To reduce the risk of wild-fires and to avoid damaging the soil.
-No paragliders or other means of air-transport. Overflying at less than 1000m is also forbidden for the tranquility of the animals.
-No mountain biking. For the safety of walkers and to avoid erosion of the paths. However, certain trails in the Park have been designated for biking.

When To Climb

All the year

Routes Overview

Climbing route
- NE ridge from cable car station

Ski routes :
- NE-SE traverse
- N face
- Glacier Tong
- Grande Balme gullies
- Petite Balme gullies
- Pramecou Tour
- Pramecou N face

The summit


1) Le Palet Hut (Peisey-Nancroix)
Open from 12/06 to 12/09
48 beds / 15 winterlager
Bivouac allowed
Telephone : 04 79 07 91 47
Gardian : M. A. Recoursé - Les Roches Rouges - Le Lavachet - 73320 Tignes - Tél./Fax : 04 79 06 34 94

2) La Leisse Hut (Termignon)
Open from 12/06 to19/09
40 beds
Bivouac allowed
Telephone : 04 79 05 45 33
Gardians : M. et Mme B. Bal-Fontaine - La Fennaz - 73500 Termignon - Tél. : 04 79 20 52 82 - Fax : 04 79 20 59 51 - e-mail :

Mountain Conditions

Meteo Tignes

Tignes the ski resort

Ski area
300 km of pistes
97 ski lifts
9 slalom stadiums, 2 moguls stadiums
2 snowparks
From 1,550 m to 3,650 m, from the village of Les Brévières to the Aiguille Percée, the summit of the Grande Motte and up to the Pissaillas glacier, every sector of the ski area harbours its own challenges
Home page of Tignes



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