FLASHBACK: TIGNES – A PIONEERING RESORT
1952. The old village of Tignes was flooded under the waters of the reservoir and Tignes 1800, known at the time as “Tignes Les Boisses”, became the local centre.
Until 1975 the plateau of Les Boisses was officially the central hub of Tignes with its town hall, school and even a Post Office.
Eventually this centrality relocated to 2100m where a handful of pioneers developed Tignes Le Lac back in the heyday of the epic “l’Or Blanc” (white gold).
The plateau of Les Boisses has a long record of missed opportunities. But today, this forgotten village is finally to have its moment.
Having long been considered a stopping-off place on the “outskirts”, Tignes 1800 is actually located at the heart of the Tignes-Val d’Isère ski area.
The oldest ski lifts were built there during the 1950s.
In 2013, the time had come! In the spring of 2012 work began building the first 4 chalets in Tignes 1800, due to open in December 2013, soon to be followed by 3 new chalets which will open in December 2016.
TODAY IT'S NOT A CASE OF BUILDING ALL OVER THE PLACE!
The intention wasn’t to build all over the place, but to modernise this forgotten village which plays an important part in what Tignes has to offer. We haven’t built up a new area! Old buildings like the EDF CCAS, the barracks of the 7th Battalion of “Chasseurs Alpins” and the Grande Parei Social Housing have been demolished. By rehabilitating a tourist wasteland, Tignes will once again boast a village-feel destination just like Les Brèvières. This new product will complement what is already available and not compete with it.
Since 2009 the locals in Tignes have been moving back into the area to live in accommodation intended for seasonal workers and year-round residents to rent or to buy. This restructuring has seen increasing numbers of year-round residents and seasonal workers and has encouraged local services to remain open all year. This is great for tourists and also boosts the local way of life.
A NEW COMMERCIAL GROUP FOR TIGNES: FAMILIES
The aim is that the new developments complement rather than compete with the existing accommodation in Tignes.
Because of the high altitude, climate and challenging ski area associated with Tignes, as a resort it has not been ideally suited to families with children under 10 years of age, which has inhibited how Tignes performs during school holidays. With the development of Tignes 1800 the resort is investing in this new segment of the market: families.
The “village” atmosphere will attract a new family-orientated clientele looking for a quiet, wooded environment and a more favourable altitude for young children. Newly created beginner ski runs and adapted ski lifts now service what has always been a ski in – ski out village.
From 1952 to 2013, from the construction of the dam in Tignes 1800, the village that was swallowed up is having a renaissance!
Organised around its church, just like the old village hidden under the water of the reservoir, Tignes 1800 has all the attractions of a large-scale international resort, with the relaxing spirit of a village as an added bonus.
The new Tignes 1800 development has been created especially for families. Chalets built in stone and wood, direct access to 300kms of pistes in the Tignes Val d’Isère ski area, (thanks in particular to the brand new 8-seater Boisses cable car), skiing-to-the-door guaranteed, numerous online services to make life easier and ultimately an area which will be specially designed for beginner skiers.
TIGNES 1800: DIRECTIONS FOR USE
The latest residence from MGM, “Kalinda”, consisting of 4 4-star chalets built in stone and wood, offers 108 fully-equipped spacious apartments, ranging from 1-bedroom apartments for 4 people to 4-bedroom apartments for 10 people. It has been decorated in the typical MGM mountain style, with a well-being area and amenities nearby:
- Ecole du Ski Français
- Jardin des neige and Piou Piou Club (ESF children’s ski teaching areas)
- Casino supermarket
- Two restaurants
- Two sports shops
- A bakery
- A shop selling locally-produced items