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Tignes 1800

Thinking of skiing in Tignes? Tignes offers some of Europe's highest skiing and with summer ski on the glacier, Tignes is proud of its snow-sure reputation. Tignes 1800 offers a large beginners area.

Why Tignes 1800 Ski Resort?

  • It has direct ski access to the massive Espace Killy area
  • It’s a quiet alternative to the other bustling resorts in Tignes and a brand new developed area
  • It has a large beginners’ area

Tignes 1800/Tignes Les Boisses Information

There’s been a village in the valley for centuries - long before the first ski lifts arrived! But these days when you come here to ski the Espace Killy - shared between Tignes and its lift-linked neighbour, Val d'Isère - you can stay in the newly developed Tignes les Boisses.

The village of Tignes Les Boisses 1800 is undergoing massive changes which will continue into the years to come. The first major development has been the creation of a new road linking the dam to Tignes Le Lac and Tignes Val Claret which avoids the centre of Tignes Les Boisses. The traffic that used to drive through this village has now virtually stopped. The former road is likely to be replaced by a green slope in the winter, where a large area for beginners will be created in the heart of the village. Tignes has been voted one of the top resorts for experts.

There’s a regular free resort shuttle between Tignes les Boisses (stopping at Kalinda Village) and Tignes Le Lac. The journey duration is 15 minutes.

The old two-seater chairlift that takes skiers from Tignes Les Boisses to the Marais area en route to the Aiguille Perceé has been replaced by a brand new gondola costing six million euros. In November 2010, the new Boisses gondola opened for the very first time: bigger and faster than the chairlift it replaced, it now takes you to the Marais (2180m) in only four minutes!

Other major developments include a brand new 2000-square-metre city plan (with shops, a bar and restaurant, ski school office and crèche). And to throw in a little culture, the new Tignes village will spread out around the historic church at Boisses (the parish Church of Saint Jacques de Tignes). Built in the 1950s, it’s a replica of the one that was destroyed in the old village when the dam (Barrage de Tignes) was open. It boasts fine furnishing and baroque-style paintings.

Structured around three small squares, the new pedestrianised village takes its inspiration from the hamlets of old, whilst at the same time allowing you to ski right up to your door. With this new set-up, Tignes is able to extend its scope for families in particular. They’ll be able to benefit from the advantages of an internationally renowned ski resort, but still be far from the party centre and the cosmopolitan bustle of Tignes 2100.

Peak Retreats offers a range of Tignes accommodation options. All of Tignes' ski apartments have been hand-picked and are of a very high standard (3 & 4*), providing the ideal base for a Tignes ski holiday.

History of Les Boisses

The old village of Tignes is experiencing a rebirth. The history began in 1947, just before the construction of Tignes’ famous dam. At the time, the hamlet of les Boisses was a little Alpine village with mountain pasture chalets. In the 1930s, the first skiers began to reach les Boisses. In 1952, once the dam had been opened and the old village of Tignes had been swallowed up, Tignes les Boisses became the communal centre, due to its ideal location half way between les Brévières (1550m) and Tignes le Lac at 2100 metres. However Tignes les Boisses was quickly abandoned in the early 50s by those in favour of developing Tignes le Lac at 2100 metres instead. Until 1975, the les Boisses plateau remained Tignes’ official administrative centre until it was transferred to Tignes le Lac. Up until now, the les Boisses plateau has always been at the heart of a series of missed opportunities; but today, this very special plateau is finally being developed.

Interested in buying an apartment in Tignes? See our Buying in the Alps section.

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Tignes 1800 ski facts:

  • Ski area: Espace Killy
  • Resort height: 1800m
  • Resort top height: 3456m
  • Espace Killy (Tignes/Val d'Isere)
  • Km piste: 300
  • Lifts: 89
  • Snow cannons: 669
  • No. of slopes: 154
  • Green slopes: 26
  • Blue slopes: 67
  • Red slopes: 41
  • Black slopes: 26
    • Beginners 3 stars
    • Intermediates 4 stars
    • Experts 4 stars
    • Boarders 4 stars
  • Driving distance from Calais: 625 miles (9hrs 30)

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