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Situated in the heart of the Vanoise massif, above the Tarentaise valley carved out by the river Isère, Tignes is a dynamic and multi-faceted resort which appeals to a large and diverse clientele. With around 2,000 inhabitants out of season, the resort sees its population increase dramatically during the tourist seasons, thanks to 30,000 beds available for holiday visitors. In 2010, there were only 1,000 primary residences compared to more than 5,000 secondary residences. Tignes is a surprising and innovative resort, to discover alone, with family or with friends.
Tignes has long prided itself on being a resort with something to offer 365 days a year. With a top altitude of 3,456m, the Grande Motte glacier has been used for summer skiing since 1967. The best snow sports athletes train here and return to compete in major sporting events.
But it is above all, the 300km of pistes in the interlinked Tignes Val d'Isère ski area which make this such an exceptional mountain playground. Numerous competitions take place in this natural arena including World Championships and European Cup events. During the 1992 Winter Olympics, Tignes was also the venue for three freestyle skiing events - moguls (a first-time Olympic event), ski acrobatics, and aerials.
Tignes was voted France's most sporting town by L'Équipe newspaper in 2008. And not without reason, since skiing is not the only activity practiced in this huge area. You can also try ice diving in winter, enjoy the 3km Palafou toboggan run, try out snow tubing, or go for a dog sled ride. And the more adventurous can amuse themselves in the many off-piste ski couloirs.*
In spite of adopting the slogan "Tignes - the sportiest ski resort" several years ago, the commune has gone out of its way to also cater for families and complete beginners. The "1,2,3 . SKI START" nursery areas are equipped with free magic carpets and button lifts, specially equipped for discovering skiing in complete safety.
In summer, there are numerous other activities on offer in Tignes such as paragliding, hang gliding, tennis, beach volleyball, an 18-hole golf course (the highest in Europe), archery, mountain biking, and on the lake, paddle boarding, pedalo, sailing and water jumping.
Since 1997, the French football team has trained here in preparation for international competitions. Tignes has also been chosen as the finish location for stages of the Tour de France in 2007 and 2019.
The resort of Tignes is situated on the edge of the Vanoise national park. Created in 1963, this was the first of its kind in France, where all animal and plant species are protected. Throughout the year, you can see chamois, ibex, marmots and golden eagles among others. Furthermore, Tignes is an eco-responsible resort which, in 2017, was awarded two flowers in the national towns and villages in bloom competition.
The resort of Tignes is situated on the edge of the Vanoise national park. Created in 1963, this was the first of its kind in France, where all animal and plant species are protected. Throughout the year, you can see chamois, ibex, marmots, and golden eagles among others. Furthermore, Tignes is an eco-responsible resort which, in 2017, was awarded two flowers in the national towns and villages in bloom competition.
The commune of Tignes is made up of several villages old and new, each with a different style, to suit the tastes of all visitors in both winter and summer.
The first tourist quarters of the resort were Tignes Val Claret and Tignes Le Lac, developed in the 1960s. Today, nearly all the villages in the Tignes ski area are linked by the resort bus service from late September to early May, and late June to the end of August. During winter, Le Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret are served by buses 24 hours a day.
Situated at the foot of the Chevril dam at an altitude of 1,550m, this is the most traditional of the resort's villages. Les Brévières is not served by the free resort buses and stands apart from the bustle of the main resort; it has the highest concentration of traditional Tignard houses. It is connected to the ski area by a gondola and a chair lift and has food shops, ski rental, a lift pass office and a bar.
Opened in 2013, this is the resort's newest village. Tignes 1800 aims to combine a traditional atmosphere with the scale and stature of an international resort. The chalets here are built using authentic materials such as wood and stone, and all necessary services are available in the village. As with most of the other sectors in the resort, Tignes 1800 is a ski-in/ski-out village, exactly as envisaged by real estate developer Pierre Schnebelen in the 1960s.
Next door to Tignes 1800, at an altitude of 1,850m, is the quiet hamlet of Les Boisses. Like Les Brévières, it is situated at the edge of the Tignes ski area, served by a single gondola lift. The village has a small number of shops supplying essential items. It is here that you can visit, in the midst of the neo-Savoyard style chalets, the reproduction of the church of old Tignes, submerged under the waters of the artificial lake in 1952, at the time of the construction of the Chevril dam.
At an altitude of 2,050m, Le Lavachet is another peaceful hamlet, with very good links to the rest of the ski area via the free resort buses to Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret. It has all the essential shops such as a ski pass office, ski rental, food shop, bakery, and a restaurant.
This is the main village and the nerve centre of the resort of Tignes. Situated at an elevation of 2,100m, it was the area's second tourist site, developed in 1968. There are a number of shops and restaurants, as well the Maison de Tignes tourist information centre. Leisure facilities here include bowling, a wellness centre and the "Le Lagon" swimming pool. Needless to say, all of this is situated at the foot of the slopes.
At the heart of the ski area, Val Claret is the highest part of the resort at an altitude of 2,127m, and is one of the two main centres, along with Tignes Le Lac. Very well served by ski lifts and the free resort bus service, Val Claret is the liveliest quarter, with slope-side après-ski bars and clubs, plenty of shops,and numerous restaurants ranging from the most traditional to the most quirky.
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