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Tinska dam: photo description (Barrage du Chevril)

Tignes is a ski resort, which is included in the ski region Espace Killy. In the vicinity of Tignes (Savoie Department of the rhône - Alpes region) have the opportunity to go skiing and in summer: nearby is the glacier of Grande Motte. No less interesting attraction is the dam across the river isère.

In 1992, in the city of Albertville hosted the XVI Winter Olympic games, and the resort of Tignes in the framework of the Games, the competitions in downhill. To attract more tourists, the local authorities on the eve of the Games decided to paint the dam on the isère river. The artist Jean-Marie Pierre, and eight climbers helped him depicted on the wall of the dam the Roman hero Hercules. The giant painting was painted ahead of time - three years before the start of the Olympics.

To block the isère river dam was decided after the Second world war, when France began to feel the lack of power. The project was developed hydropower plant on the river isère, which would produce 10 percent of the electricity in France. The work was done great, but ended in vain: before the dam was erected throughout France began to build nuclear power plants, the authorities have recognized nuclear power as a priority. The dam was completed, but start it into operation did not take place.

However, the dam, the height of which was 180 meters, forming a lake Chervil. The village of Tignes was flooded, leaving only the eponymous ski resort.

The resort features five ski stations with well-planned infrastructure, which includes not only lifts, but also subway line in a matter of minutes delivering athletes to the glacier Grande Motte. Besides skiing and snowboarding, Tignes provides the opportunity to fly at the para - and hang gliding, steer a dogsled and try other outdoor activities.