Tignes les Brevieres
Thinking of a Tignes ski holiday? Tignes is proud to be snowsure, with summer skiing on the glacier, one of Europe's highest ski areas. Tignes les Brevieres is a quiet alternative to other resorts.
Why Tignes Les Brevieres Ski Resort?
- It has direct ski access to the massive Tignes Val d'Isere area (formely known as Espace Killy)
- It’s a quiet alternative to the other bustling resorts in Tignes
- It has an excellent beginners’ area
Tignes Les Brevieres Information
The architectural reputation is perhaps more questionable, although a beautification process is underway across the resort. Older, uglier buildings are being improved and new buildings more sympathetic to the stunning mountain scenery are gradually appearing.
Originally, there were just two villages making up Tignes - Tignes Les Brevieres and Tignes itself. Both had existed since the 13th century. The first rumours that a dam was to be built in the valley began circulating in 1928 and by 1952 the 'Barrage de Tignes' was completed and the original town of Tignes was lost beneath the waters of the newly created Lac du Chevril. The hydroelectric lake could, at the time, generate power for up to 10% of France. Monies paid to the community from the government in damages for the loss of Tignes helped to build the first ski lifts and buildings in the new villages of Les Boisses, Le Lac, Val Claret and Lavachet, whilst Les Brevieres housed 5000 workers in a series of huts. This had earned the village the title of the 'Wild West of Savoie' during the construction as men came from all over France to earn fortunes only to lose them again gambling, drinking and fighting in the many temporary bars and casinos. Fortunately, once the clean-up was completed, Les Brevieres remained pretty much intact, and in the 1970s the first chairlifts were installed.
You can stay in picturesque Les Brevieres and ski the Espace Killy shared by Tignes and neighbouring, lift-linked, Val d'Isère. Parts of Les Brevieres date back to the 13th century, but it’s still at a snow-sure altitude of 1550m.
Unspoilt by large-scale modern development, this is still very much a corner of the real France; most of the village restaurants and bars are family run. It is also considerably cheaper to stay there than it is in its better known neighbours, each 15 minutes away by road.
Tignes has been voted one of the top resorts for experts.
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.
Interested in buying an apartment in Tignes? See our Buying in the Alps section.
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Tignes les Brevieres ski facts:
- No. of slopes: 154
- Green slopes: 20
- Blue slopes: 67
- Red slopes: 41