If you are looking to buy ski chalets in Tignes, the classic limited supply feeds a high demand for all buyers.The ski resort of Tignes is located in the Tarentaise Valley, Rhône-Alpes in South East of France, in the Savoie region. It forms part of the Espace Killy ski area together with the more famous Val d’Isere. The resort consists of five villages, which have a variety of investment opportunities, from re-sales, new-build leasebacks and classic freehold apartments and ski chalets. The altitude of the main villages ensure snow-sure skiing during the entire ski season and with the Grand Motte glacier, in the summer too!
Most of Tignes has been built since the construction of a dam in the valley in the 1950s, and the architecture is more modern than in many other ski resorts in the French Alps. However the scenery and skiing on the piste is among the most stunning in Europe. A village called Tignes used to exist in the valley, but when the dam was built in 1952, the lake water from the Lac du Chevril covered the old village. New villages were then built at different altitudes and each of the five villages has its own unique atmosphere and character.
Les Brévières is older than the others and has a more traditional feel. The other villages were built after the dam was constructed and look more modern. Tignes Le Lac, Le Lavachet and Val Claret are located close to each other, while the other two villages, Les Brévières and Le Boisses are located down the valley. A free bus service connects the villages of Le Lavachet, Le Lac and Val Claret during the seasons.
The Espace Killy ski region has more than 425kms of piste skiing and there are fantastic off-piste opportunities too. There are 47 ski lifts in the winter, including chairlifts, drag lifts, a cable car and a funicular railway. Tignes also has great opportunities for snowboarding and for winter adventure sports. All levels of skiers will find Tignes suitable, including complete beginners. In the 1992 Winter Olympics Tignes was the venue for freestyle skiing.
Tignes is highly popular with UK visitors and with French skiers. It is also a great resort to invest in. The skiing is among the best in Europe and some will argue that it is better than the Paradiski and the 3 Valleys because, the pistes lead back to the main three villages rather than extending over several valleys. Also, they say, the snow is better! As with other popular resorts, prospective buyers have to be on their toes when searching for chalets in Tignes. The ski chalet developments are few and far between and it does not pay to think too long about whether a chalet is worth buying or not. Others will buy them quickly, that is a given. The ski area is so popular that investing in a ski chalet in Tignes would be a wise investment as a holiday home, a residence, or a chalet to rent (catered or self-catered).
Tignes has many ski-in, ski-out properties. Ski-in, ski-out chalets are becoming increasingly popular for a good reason; they offer the most luxurious and convenient option as you can start your day on the slopes from your own front door. Chalet prices in Tignes are much lower than in the nearby Val d’Isere, but you will have access to the same ski areas.
The five villages each attract different types of visitors. Tignes Le Lac is popular with families, thanks to its child-friendly slopes and good childcare options. Tignes Le Lac has several ski chalets chalets as well as apartments to buy and to rent. The main Val d’Isere lift is in Tignes Le Lac, and the village continues to be the most popular in the area with international and French visitors. Val Claret the highest of the resorts, just above Tignes Le Lac, has a vibrant nightlife and attracts those who prefer a lively resort. It is also close to the Grand Motte glacier.
Tignes Lavachet is a quieter option and has affordable accommodation to buy or to rent. Les Boisses at 1800m is undergoing complete development, and it is a quickly growing village with many new leaseback apartments, commercial premises and additional hotels and accommodation options planned for the near future. Those looking for traditional atmosphere with picturesque Alpine chalets should head to Tignes-les-Brévières, a pretty village with a relaxed atmosphere. Every village has its own apres-ski options, and there are plenty of bars and restaurants in the resort area as well as several nightclubs.
There are many excellent, opportunities to invest in property but will you find those elusive ski chalets in Tignes? Tignes is a year-round resort, and it offers a wide variety of summer activities including great hiking and mountain biking. The Grande Motte glacier is open around the year, and it is a popular place for international professionals to come for their summer training.