Tignes

The glacier resort of Tignes is situated in the Savoie Alps and is widely recognised as one of Europes finest ski destinations. A mere 15-minute drive away from Val DIsère, they are often considered two resorts in one when it comes to your skiing day.

Compared to its neighbour Val DIsère, Tignes boasts a more varied set of slopes and is set at a higher altitude by 200m. It is set between two peaks; La Grande Motte (3656m) and La Grande Casse (3852m), both of which are glaciers. Due to its accessibility to La Grande Motte, it allows skiing for 10 months of the year. This attracts many national ski teams who wish to train during the summer months, ensuring that the towns are lively most of the year. 

Tignes is divided into five villages. Le Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret are the three main villages with a larger population near the Lake of Tignes with properties reflecting the rest of the Alps properties on sale. Les Boissesands and Les Brévières are further down on the mountain and well connected to the resort.

The town is regarded as having a fun and lively atmosphere for partying. It has a huge varieties of activities to choose from, whether in winter or summer. There is a cinema, a myriad of bars and brasseries and nightclubs to cater to everyones needs. 

In the summer, you can witness the two highest golf courses in the world in action on either side of Lake of Tignes, attracting its own crowd of sports enthusiasts. 

For those looking to have a space which is built around skiing, provides convenience, and great snow seasons and costs, Tignes is the ideal choice. That said, those who wish to find an authentic ski-village experience may be better served in nearby Val DIsère.

The experts say

Given its altitude (2,100m), Tignes is recognised worldwide as having the top snow record in France – it’s always the first and last resort to open and close each year. In addition, construction work is largely concentrated in the summer as a way to keep the improvements to the facilities, accommodation and infrastructure going on as a long-term investment by the local government.

How to Get There

By Train

Bourg Saint Maurice rail station is around 30km from Tignes (about 45 minutes by car). The station is served by Eurostar services from London and TGV services from Paris.

By Air

Lyon and Geneva airports are the most frequently used to travel into Tignes. Whilst Tignes closer to these airports than Val d'Isere, the journey still takes between 2.5 and 3 hours. Chambery airport is closer at around 1hr 45 minutes.

At glance

There has been an influx of investment in Tignes in recent years and a real push to enhance the aesthetic enjoyment of the village, creating new developments that are respectful of the environment and do not obstruct the natural landscape. 

This has resulted in the proliferation of premium apartments across Tignes designed for the skier. Most of the apartments are built right on the pistes and the whole village is designed to cater to those wishing to ski and snowboard from their doorstep. However, in order to pay less of a premium, choosing a Tignes property for sale lower in altitude in one of the five villages, would be the way to go.  Having said that, property in Tignes for sale is not for tight budgets, but due to the impeccable skiing conditions there are great rental opportunities throughout the season. In Tignes, one to three bedroom leaseback apartments are priced between €225,000 and €500,000. For a simple apartment, you will be looking at €4,670 per sq m whereas the national average is €3,197 per sq m. 

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