Located half an hour from the TGV station in Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the department of Savoie, this Haute-Tarentaise resort is one of the superstars of the Alps. The venue for the freestyle skiing events during the 1992 Winter Olympics, it is one of France's leading ski resorts, attracting a diverse clientele of mountain sports people. Situated in a spectacular natural mountain amphitheatre overlooked by the famous Grande Motte glacier, Tignes is part of the Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area, offering skiers of all levels a playground with over 300 kilometres of marked runs and 3,200 hectares of off-piste terrain.
Furthermore, the Espace Killy, as it was once called, offers year-round skiing. In the autumn, the area is one of the first to open in Europe, with skiing on the glacier in advance of the opening of the main ski area, including the link to Val d'Isère. The resort attracts high-level skiers who come for pre-season training before the winter competition season. It is also one of the last resorts to close with a season that runs until early May, with the exception of the 20 kilometres of slopes on the Grande Motte glacier, where skiing continues throughout the summer at an altitude of 3,000m.
The neighbouring resort of Val d'Isère has a strong year-round sporting reputation with an exceptional range of activities including downhill skiing, freeride, ski touring, fat biking, ice skating, and ice diving. In the summer, activities on offer include trail running, hiking, bike park, road cycling, horse riding, paragliding, archery, canoeing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. Golfers can enjoy the highest 18-hole course in Europe. Voted the best town for sports lovers in 2008 by L'Équipe newspaper, Tignes is a favourite destination for top-level athletes, such as the French football team, World Cup winners in 1998, who held their final training camp here before the tournament.
Tignes attracts investors looking for a sporting destination that is also lively and family-friendly. The resort has a great après-ski scene, especially in Val Claret, the highest part of the resort, whose lively atmosphere makes it popular with a trendy clientele. The layout of the resort has allowed the various villages making up Tignes to develop their own distinct identities, with some of them especially popular amongst buyers with families attracted by peaceful locations, direct access to the slopes, proximity to restaurants, shops and services, and the wide range of activities on offer.
Where to Invest in Tignes?
Situated below Lac du Chevril at an altitude of 1,550m, the old village of Les Brévières is the first part of Tignes you will come to on the road leading up from Bourg-Saint-Maurice TGV station. This is a small hamlet which has retained its mountain authenticity, with a traditional bell tower and a housing stock made up of traditional chalets, some of them very luxurious. There is a range of small local shops, bakeries, bars and restaurants, and the village is linked to the Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area by a gondola and chairlift, with direct return on skis possible via a blue or red piste.
Entirely rebuilt in 2013 after a decade of work, the former hamlet of Les Boisses is a replica of the old village that was submerged in 1952 under the lake created by the Chevril dam. In addition to the famous church, the many high-end, luxury hotels and residences attract buyers, often those with families. The architecture here reflects contemporary trends as well as respecting local traditions, with extensive use of wood and stone. Tignes 1800 has direct access to the Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area via the new eight-person Les Boisses gondola lift, and it is possible to ski back to the village.
Tignes Le Lavachet
At an altitude of over 2,000m, this quiet residential village has an ideal location close to the Tignes-Val d'Isère ski lifts, and connected to lively Tignes Le Lac and Val Claret via free shuttle bus. Après-ski here is relaxed with a wealth of high-quality shops, bars and restaurants. On the real estate market, the village primarily offers human scale residences of luxury apartments that are especially attractive to investors with families looking for a property that combines peace and quiet with easy access and the advantages of a high-end resort.
Tignes Le Lac
Tignes Le Lac, the heart of the resort, is situated at an altitude of 2,100m on the banks of Lac de Tignes. This part of the resort has abundant sunshine and beautiful views of the lake which, on clear days, reflects the view of the surrounding peaks. Winter snow conditions are excellent; it is possible to ski through the streets, and the snow front is spacious and pleasant. As well as skiing, the frozen lake offers skating and ice diving, and the village is very friendly with a lively après-ski scene, plenty of shops, wellness facilities and an aquatic centre.
Tignes Val Claret
Founded in 1965 at an altitude of 2,120m, Tignes' highest village has many high-quality properties available to investors, and is also the most lifestyle-orientated area of the resort. There is a renowned après-ski scene, fashionable shops, and high quality restaurants including eco-conscious chef Clément Bouvier's Michelin-starred establishment. The nightlife is very lively with excellent clubs that attract a young, cosmopolitan crowd. Val Claret is also great for skiing and was the venue for the freestyle events during the 1992 Winter Olympics. There is direct access to the Grande Motte glacier and the area is a paradise for freeride skiers.
Thinking of Buying in Tignes?
The real estate market in Tignes has become even more attractive thanks to a renewed offer of luxury hotels and residences built over the past decade. These developments have elevated the resort's accommodation to an appropriate standard for a resort with such high-quality infrastructure. Tignes is also benefiting from the current popularity of many Haute-Tarentaise resorts amongst a clientele drawn to places with more accessible prices than Courchevel, Tignes' neighbour Val d'Isère. In addition, investors looking for a second home or to expand their portfolio here can expect excellent rental returns.
Hokkaido: A New Development of 19 Luxury Apartments
In a peaceful location in the heights of Tignes Le Lac, but close to the centre of the resort and the pistes, this new development comprises nineteen high-end T2 to T5 apartments, in a stylish and contemporary four storey residence that blends perfectly with its surroundings. With good volumes and large picture windows, each apartment has a large sunny terrace with views over the Lac du Chevril and the mountains of the Haute-Tarentaise. The equipment and finish of each unit can be customised according to buyer's taste before construction and final delivery.
Rental Incomes Driven by Excellent Occupancy Rates
In Tignes, owners can immediately benefit from high occupancy rates thanks to France's longest ski season, as well as a very busy summer season with a wide range of activities on offer. In the long term, Tignes allows investors to spread their risk on the season rental market thanks to the resort's diverse spectrum of visitors which encompasses serious skiers and sportspeople, fun-loving young adults, and families with children, as well as an international reputation that attracts visitors from other countries. Although famous for skiing, Tignes is also in step with the the growing demand from lovers of nature and well-being, thanks to the quality of its facilities and direct access to the Vanoise national park, the oldest in France.
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