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Savoie Ski Resort

Population: 2,400 and 16,153 for the Community of Communes of Haute Tarentaise

Personalities: Guerlain Chicherit (quadruple world champion in ski freeride racing, driver), Johan Clarey (Super-G silver-medallist at the 2019 alpine skiing worlds), Tiffany Gauthier, Laura Gauché (skiers), Henri Authier (freestyle skiing)

Specialties: Tignes persillé (cheese), Lace.

Sport: Albertville Olympic Games Artistic Events, Paralympic Games Organisation (1992), World Championships in Artistic and Acrobatic Skiing (1986), Track and Field Open (January), La Revue (Ski Touring), Etoiles du sport (meeting between hopes and champions of French sport). Cycling Clubs: Tignes Bike Club.

Economy: Tourist town, winter and summer sports resort (27,000 tourist beds), ski area Jean-Claude Killy (300 km of slopes, 75 lifts, 900 snow cannons). EDF dam.

Festivals: Pop rock New Year (January, dance-floor, 25,000 people), European Snow Pride and Gay Pride (March), Live In Tignes by Francofolies (April, free concerts on the slopes), Black Shoes (April , gathering and celebration around the telemark), Music Alp (July, International Academy of Classical Music), Lake Festival (August), Mountain Festival (August, agricultural festival), wine fair ...

Labels: Quality tourism / Active and sporty city / Green Globe (eco-responsibility of the resorts) / Famille Plus label / City of flowers 2 flowers

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Tignes Sports Arena: a dome to ski all year round?

Since late 2016, Tignes has launched the unprecedented project of creating an indoor ski slope, the Tignes Sport Arena, which would make it possible to ski every day of the year. Tignes is historically a hotbed of professional training both nationally and internationally. The physical preparation of high-level skiers starts in the summer. European glaciers, including the Tignes glacier, are part of the training bases of the international ski federations. But here as elsewhere, global warming translates into a loss of glacier skiing in the summer. At a time when some athletes are training on the snowy slopes of the southern hemisphere, the Tignes Sport Arena complements both the positioning of the station and the offer of skiing on the glacier.

In winter, the Tignes Sport Arena will be open on one side and become an integral part of the ski domain. The track, covered with a snow mat made of natural snow, can be thematised by including play and technical areas (toboggan run, Snow Park, slalom track, ...). The creation of a surf wave is part of the same logic of simulator experiences.

When winter is over, the building will be closed to maintain a temperature suitable for snow conservation. Amateurs, even beginners wishing to progress before tackling the glacier, but also ski clubs, groups and seminars, federations, brands of skis could then use the facility.

Freeride - Tignes © Andy Parant

Only one stage finish took place in Tignes, in 2007. While waiting for the return of the Tour, the Tarentaise station has meanwhile hosted the Tour de l'Avenir with two finishes in 2016 and 2018. In 2016, stage victory went to Breton David Gaudu, who made a huge step towards final victory that day. In 2018, the stage went to Spaniard Fernando Barcelo

Tour de France 2007 : LE GRAND BORNAND / TIGNES -Michael Rasmussen © PRESSE SPORTS

Glacier of La Grande Motte
The highest point of the Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area with an altitude of 3,656 m, the Grande Motte glacier is the emblem of the Tignes resort, which can be found in its logo, representing its white wave on a blue-sky background. Accessible in just 7 short minutes thanks to the Perce-Neige funicular (last stop at 3,032 m), then to the cable car (3,456 m), the glacier is the gateway for fans of great skiing and breath-taking landscapes in all seasons. It allows skiing from October to May, not to mention the summer skiing practiced in July.

Dam of Chevril
At 180 metres high, 300 metres long and 43 metres wide at the base, the Tignes dam has long been the highest hydroelectric dam in Europe and still remains the highest in France. If it is now part of the landscape with its beautiful artificial lake of 235 million cubic meters of water, it is nonetheless a painful symbol for the Tignes population who lived in the former village of Tignes, flooded during the impoundment of the dam in 1952. Today it has become the gateway to the resort, rebuilt at an altitude of 2,100 m by a handful of visionary families who remained on the spot after the disappearance of 'old Tignes'. The “in the know” still distinguish on the side of the dam the portrait of Hercules, the Giant of Tignes, a gigantic fresco of 18,000 sq. metres. Painted by Jean-Marie Pierret in 1989 it was meant to disappear. Until the year 2000, the dam was emptied every 10 years to control the health of the infrastructure. Since then, robots have monitored the site and emptying has become a rare event.

The natural lake of Tignes, whose waters descend directly from the glacier of the Grande Motte is a high place of water sports in summer: water-jump, hot-jumping, blob-jumping, stand-up paddle, water pedal, canoe, kayak , trout fishing ...

St. Jacques de Tarentaise church
Bearing the name of the patron saint of Tignes, the church of Saint Jacques de Tarentaise, located on the lock of Boisses, is the identical reproduction of the church of the old village flooded in 1952, following the construction of the EDF dam. By its resemblance to the old building, the church of Saint Jacques played a key role in the sense of identification of the community to its new living space. Under the direction of architect Jamet, the structural work began in 1950 and was completed two years later. The general appearance of the old building, interior and exterior, was scrupulously respected since even the original dimensions were used.

© Tiia Monto / CC BY-SA 3.0
Tignes le Lac © Andy Parant
Tignes 1800 et le barrage © Andy Parant
Tignes le Lac et le Glacier de Grande Motte © Andy Parant
© Andy Parant

Persillé of Tignes

Loved by Charlemagne, who was said to have discovered it at the table of the bishop of Moutiers and brought back to Aachen, Tignes persillé is a cheese made with goat milk and cow milk that almost disappeared, since only one farm still produces it today. Cylindrical, about ten centimetres high, it has a brown crust. Its chalky white texture is due to goat's milk, which unlike cow's milk, does not scorch. Today, with her hundred goats and her fifteen cows, only one producer, Paulette Marmottan, continues the tradition. 

© Pierre-Yves Beaudouin / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 4.0
© Andy Parant
Tignes Val Claret © Andy Parant
Tignes les Brévières © Andy Parant
Activités nautiques © Andy Parant
© Cande
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La station et le lac, Tignes © Getty Imagesr

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