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Tignes - a drowned village...

The original village of Tignes, which lies in the Savoyard Alps in eastern France, was laid to rest under the waters of the Lac du Chevril, the reservoir created in 1952. Tignes is now a name given to five villages rather than just one. There are four modern, purpose built villages, and these are known as Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, Le Lavachet, and Tignes les Boisses. The fifth and final village is the only surviving old village, and is called Tignes les Brévières.

Re-vamping the style of the sixties...

The resorts were built in the style of the sixties, and hence began to look a little dated in recent times. However, a programme of modernisation has been very effective, and the resorts are now quite attractive as well as brilliantly equipped for snow sports enthusiasts. Some attempts have been made to preserve the lost heritage of old Tignes too, and at the village of les Boisses you can find a replica of the old church of the drowned village.

Tignes has the best snow in France

The ski slopes of Tignes are recognised the world over as having the top record for snow in France. Lying at a high altitude (2,100m) and having the advantage of the glacier Grand Motte, Tignes is usually the first to open and last to close each year, and offers exceptional piste and off piste conditions for all levels of skiers.

Tignes has something for all interested in snow sports

Tignes has something for all snow sports enthusiasts, with snow parks, freestyle ski and snowboard clubs, glacial skiing, beginners through to advanced tuition, Olympic downhill slopes for the brave, ski joring (being pulled along on skis by horses!) for those who want a new thrill, dog sledding and snow shoeing. You think of it, Tignes can supply it. Needless to say there are excellent facilities for getting around the slopes too, with an extensive network of chair lifts, gondolas and cable cars.

What to do off the slopes in Tignes

Even the keenest of skiers and snowboarders spend some time away from the slopes, so it's good to know that Tignes has plenty of non snow related activities available. There's a new Aqua Centre, situated on the side of the lake, a cinema showing English films in the village of Val Claret, and all the resorts offer a variety of shops and other leisure facilities to keep every member of the family entertained. For those seeking a little culture there are plenty of museums where you can investigate the history and traditions of the region, and for the active there are a hundred and one sporting activities including such daredevil antics as parapenting and exciting helicopter trips.

Aprés ski and dining out in Tignes

As a well developed and popular resort, Tignes has no lack of aprés ski facilities, and there is a great range of bars and restaurants to enjoy. You can find a quiet little bistro serving excellent food (try Le Clin d'Oeil) or live it up in the liveliest of "nite spots" (take a late night look at Crowded House in Val Claret)... the choice is yours. There's no shortage of choice of cuisine either with Moroccan, Tex Mex and Italian cuisines jostling for custom alongside traditional French and Savoyard fare.

How to get there

The airport at Chambéry itself is served by flybe and Jet2, who operate flights from the UK. If you need a wider choice of airline or departure point than is offered by Chambéry, consider also Lyon, St Étienne, Geneva and Grenoble. Rail travel is another very good option, as there is not only a station in Chambéry, but also at Bourg St Maurice and Moûtiers. In fact you can travel all the way to Bourg St Maurice or Moûtiers on Eurostar from the UK. This is the ski special, and available only in winter. If you are driving, take the A41 auto route.

Property prices and availability in and around Tignes

Property in Tignes is generally expensive, although you can tailor this to suit your pocket to a certain extent by the type, size and location of the property you choose. Accept, though, that Tignes isn't really the ideal location if you are property seeking on a tight budget. The good news is that there will almost always be a good rental market for your property in Tignes, as the season is long and the resort very popular.

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Tignes AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Tignes?

Tignes is situated in eastern France, in the east of the Savoie department, in the Alps. It is lies quite close to the Italian border.

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IN THE REGION OF RHÔNE-ALPES

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF SAVOIE

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Population: 2,220


Access: By air: Fly to Chambéry, Geneva, Grenoble, Lyon or St Étienne. By rail: There is a SNCF station in Bourg St Maurice and a station at Moûtiers and Chambéry. By road: Take the A41 to Chambéry.


Economy: Ski and mountain tourism forms the mainstay of the economy.


Interesting fact: The old village becomes visible every ten years when the reservoir is drained.

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