You might like enjoy the appearance of the original huge apartment blocks and lack of trees but more recent developments have been slightly more tasteful and of a "chalet style". However, this is a small price to pay for those who go mainly for skiing.
With year-round snow guaranteed, Tignes is best described as the "Kingdom of the Snow" and what more apt description for this modern resort which was created 40 years ago when the original old village was swallowed up by the creation of the Chevril dam.
Skiing at Tignes is not just something which started to happen 4 decades ago. In the original village there were 10 hotels operating pre-war and skiers even ventured this far into the Alps in the l920's and the first ski school was opened at Tignes in 1934. The first lift was installed in l936, the same year as the Tourist Office came into existence.
Modern Tignes has been built around Lac du Tignes and more latterly development at Super Tignes. Skiers can now enjoy 300km of downhill skiing served by 97 lifts throughout the Espace Killy region of Tignes and Val d'Isere. There are 2 funiculars and 4 cable cars, 4 gondolas together with 48 chairlifts which can move more than 170,000 skiers every hour.
There is a vast amount of skiing available for all levels of ability for it is here the experts will really be able to enjoy themselves to the full and with improvements in recent years to the lift system, ensuring queuing is at a minimum with fast chairs on the western side and therefore more time on your skis.
Tignes is located in the magnificent Savoie Alps and as a resort has three different villages which enjoys 33 per cent of it's visitors from the UK. The highest of the three villages is Val Claret at the base of the glacier and there are shops and a supermarket, as well as bistros and restaurants. Le Lavachet has a chairlift linking to Toviere which in turn links to Val d'Isere whilst the lively villager of Lac du Tignes has a twice weekly market and an ultra-modern sports centre.
Tignes is just 3 hours by road from Lyon and 2 hours 30 minutes from Geneva. The journey from Calais is around 10 hours. The resort is also served by the Eurostar ski train direct from London to Bourg St. Maurice at the top end of the Tarentaise Valley. The resort is set in breathtaking scenery in the Haute Tarentaise with Lac du Tignes as the central feature. The heights of Les Tufs plunge down to the lake and yet summer skiing is possible on the Grande Motte Glacier in the land of eternal snowfields. (The Editor can testify to the excitement of summer skiing here on the Grande Motte).
To the south is the 2696m high peak of Toviere which is the point that links the resort with skiing at Val d'isere. This is the Gateway to Espace Killy with its 300km of pistes.
For motorists the car is not required. There are 5 underground car parks and a free shuttle bus service which runs night and day. But you do need to book your car space. You might even finish up at one of the 750 outdoor spaces in peak periods and then be sweeping the huge mounds of snow off your car when its time to depart for home!
Tignes has a fantastic snow record and the Grande Motte Glacier re-opens as early as the 29th September and the Espace Killy region on 24th November. The ski season extends through to the 5th May!
There are excellent "white week" holiday offers when you can enjoy skiing on empty slopes and pay only a fraction of what a normal holiday would cost; just contact the tourist office for more details on these.
For further information please contact the Tignes Tourist Office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.tignes.net Special Offer:
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