Thinking of skiing in Tignes 1800? This exciting new development in Tignes has received huge investment which has seen the existing village modernised and re-developed.
Why Tignes 1800 Ski Resort?
- Easy & direct access to the whole of the Tignes Val d'Isere (formerly Espace Killy) ski area
- High-altitude & snowsure resort
- A brand new development & quiet alternative to the other bustling villages of Tignes
- Newly built large beginners' area
Tignes can be found in the Tarentaise area of France, in the Northern French Alps and is a purpose-built ski resort within the Tignes Val d'Isere ski area - which ranks as one of the best winter sports centres in the world! Huge investment, progression and development over the past 50 years has seen Tignes grow into one of Europe’s most comprehensive ski destinations, yet it has still been able to maintain its traditional French Alpine ambience.
Tignes is in fact split into five villages: Tignes 1800, Tignes Le Lac, Tignes Val Claret, Tignes Lavachet and Tignes Les Brévières. There are also four smaller traditional villages nearby: Chevril, Villaret du Nial, Villaret des Brévières and Reculaz. A regular and very efficient free shuttle bus service connects all the villages of Tignes.
Tignes is set at the foot of the twin peaks of La Grande Motte Glacier (3656m) and La Grande Casse (3852m) – meaning that you can even ski here in the summer! This ski resort has a highly sporting reputation and hosts many celebrities on training courses, including the French national football team.
Large investment is still being ploughed into modernising and re-developing Tignes 1800 village, formally known as Tignes Les Boisses. By the time all the changes and improvements are complete in a few years' time, it is estimated Tignes will have invested €150 million (£125 million) in this amazing project!
The first major change was the creation of a new road linking the dam to Tignes Le Lac and Tignes Val Claret, which avoids the centre of Tignes 1800. This means that any traffic that once used this route and drove through the village has stopped. The former road is likely to be replaced by a green ski slope.
A state of the art 8-seater gondola costing €6 million was installed in 2010, replacing the old 2-seater-chairlift. The Boisses gondola takes skiers from Tignes 1800 to the Marais area at 2180m, en route to the Aiguille Percée, in only 4 minutes!
The new 2000 square metre pedestrianised village, including luxury ski accommodation, ESF ski school, snow kindergarten and Piou Piou Kids Club, Casino supermarket, 2 ski hire shops, a bakery, 2 restaurants, bar and a garage, is structured around three small squares with the parish Church of Saint Jacques de Tignes at the centre. This is actually, a replica of the original church that was destroyed by the flood waters of the dam (barrage de Tignes).
Tignes 1800 has been updated and constructed with families in mind by offering a quiet alternative to the hustle and bustle of the more lively villages of Tignes, whilst still having everything you need close at hand - it's a car-free village and you're able to ski right to your door! Tignes 1800 allows you to enjoy all the assets of an international ski resort from the tranquillity of a village atmosphere. Tignes 1800 is sure to tick all the boxes for a perfect and enjoyable family ski holiday.
For your added convenience and if you do fancy venturing out, the regular free resort shuttle bus stops outside our featured ski accommodation, Kalinda Village, and runs between Tignes 1800 and Tignes Le Lac from 07:15 until 00:15 (approximately every half an hour, depending on the time of day) and journey time is just 15 minutes. From Tignes Le Lac you can then get a shuttle bus on to Tignes Val Claret.
The bustling ski resort of Val d'Isère can be easily reached from the ski area of Tignes, via the ski lifts (30 minutes), bus (15 minutes) or car (7 minutes) - allowing easy access to a whole host of shops, restaurant and bars - great for après-ski or an opportunity to explore for non-skiers.
Tignes is proud to have been elected ‘The Sportiest Town’ by the French daily sports paper, ‘L’Equipe’! This was due to various factors including it's outstanding sporting infrastructure, hosting numerous sporting events on an International scale, welcoming high-profile sports stars (such as the French football team), the high level of Tignes-born sportsmen and women, and a sports-mad clientele and community. Many towns are famous for their flowers but Tignes has sport in its blood!
An added bonus are the free Wi-Fi Hotspots positioned in strategic points all over Tignes – 1 of which is in Tignes 1800: Maison de Tignes 1800. Search your network for Tignes Free (official).
Ski Collection offers newly built Tignes 1800 ski accommodation of 4-Star Luxury rating, with self-catering apartments sleeping up to 10 people and access to the impressive 'Ô des Cimes' Spa Centre where you can enjoy free access to the private indoor heated swimming pool, children's pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and fitness room.
The friendly and helpful Tignes Tourist Office has a very comprehensive website full of useful information, tips and suggestions. Tel: +33 4 79 40 04 40.
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Tignes 1800 ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 189
- Green slopes: 25
- Blue slopes: 79
- Red slopes: 50