Stage town for the 3rd time
Mountain resort of Savoie
Population: 2,400 (Tignards, Tignardes) and 16,153 for the 8 communes of the Haute-Tarentaise Community of Communes
Personalities: Guerlain Chicherit (four-time world champion free ride skier, car driver and winner of the world cup rally raid in 2009), Johan Clarey (world super G silver-medallist in 2019), Tiffany Gauthier, Laura Gauché (skiers), Henri Authier (freestyle skier)
Specialities: persillé de Tignes (cheese), Dentelle.
Sport: Artistic skiing events at the Albertville Olympic Games, organisation of the Paralympic Games (1992), World Artistic and Freestyle Skiing Championships (1986), Athletics Open (January), La Reprise (ski touring), Etoiles du Sport (meetings between French sports hopefuls and champions), Yéti Race (foot race with obstacles in the snow), Printemps du ski (soapbox race on snow, April), Black Shoes (telemark rally and party, April), Tignes Val d'Isère E-bike Festival (July), Tignes Trail (August), British Alpine Skiing Championships, training site for professional teams (Montpellier Rugby, Grenoble Rugby, LOU Rugby, Gloucester Rugby, French Football team, Olympique Lyonnais men and women, cycling teams: Groupama FDJ, Jumbo Visma, Cofidis...).
Cycling clubs: Vélo Club de Tignes.
Economy: Tourist town, winter and summer sports resort (27,000 tourist beds), Jean-Claude Killy ski area (300 km of slopes, 75 ski lifts, 900 snow cannons). EDF dam.
Festivals: New Year pop-rock (January, dance-floor in altitude, 25,000 people), European Snow Pride and Gay Pride (March), Live In Tignes by Francofolies (April, free concerts on the slopes), Music Alp (July, international classical music academy), Fête du Lac (August), Fête de la Montagne (August, agricultural festival), wine fair...
Labels: Quality Tourism / Active and Sporting City / Green Globe (eco-responsibility of the resorts) / Family Plus Label / 2 flower city
Websites / Social networks: www.tignes.net / www.mairie-tignes.fr / www.facebook.com/tignes.france / twitter.com/tignesofficiel / www.instagram.com/tignesofficiel / www.youtube.com/user/tignes / www.snapchat.com/add/tignes / fr.linkedin.com/company/tignes-developpement / #TDFTignes / #Tignes / #Tignaddict
An open door on the Vanoise National Park
An exceptional setting, between lakes, glaciers and mythical peaks, awaits outdoor sports enthusiasts! Experienced runners or family hikers are at ease on the marked trails of the Vanoise National Park, whether for climbing, watching for chamois and ibex with binoculars in their eyes, or simply enjoying a blueberry tart in one of the refuges accessible from the heart of the resort.
Altitude Experiences: the vertigo of the summits
A privileged experience consists in climbing onto the roof terrace of the Grande Motte cable car (accessible only in summer), and enjoying a 360° view of an exceptional panorama at an altitude of over 3,000 m. One of the most beautiful in the French Alps, with a view of Mont Pourri, the Grande Sassière ridges, the Grande Casse (highest point of the Vanoise: 3,856 m) and the majestic Mont Blanc range on the horizon. An audio-guide enriches this experience.
TIGNES AND CYCLING
The Tour de France had to return to Tignes after the truncated 2019 stage, where torrential rain and a landslide prevented the riders from cycling to the Tarentaise resort. That day, on the road to Val d'Isère, the peloton was forced to put its foot down, but Egan Bernal, on the attack in the Iseran, took the Yellow Jersey he finally took all the way to Paris the next day. It was also on this stage to Tignes, one of the most eventful in the recent history of the Grande Boucle, that Thibaut Pinot was forced to retire with a painful knee.
As a result, only one Tour finish has really been held in Tignes, in 2007. In the meantime, the resort has hosted the Tour de l'Avenir with two finishes in 2016 and 2018. In 2016, the stage win went to Breton rider David Gaudu, who largely built his overall victory there. In 2018, the stage win went to Spain's Fernando Barcelo.
The Grande Motte glacier
The highest point of the Tignes-Val d'Isère ski area at 3,656m, the Grande Motte glacier is the emblem of the resort of Tignes, which is reflected in its logo, representing its characteristic white "wave" against a blue sky. Accessible in only 7 minutes thanks to the Perce-Neige funicular (arrival at 3,032 m), then the cable car (arrival at 3,456 m), the glacier is a must for fans of great skiing and breathtaking landscapes in all seasons. It is possible to ski from October to May, not to mention summer skiing in July.
At 180-m high, 300-m long and 43-m wide at the base, the Tignes dam was for a long time the highest hydroelectric dam in Europe and is still the highest in France. Although it is now part of the landscape with its magnificent artificial lake of 235 million cubic metres of water, it is still a painful symbol for the Tignes people who lived in the old village of Tignes, which was swallowed up when the dam was built in 1952. Today, it has become the real gateway to the resort, rebuilt at an altitude of 2,100 m by a handful of visionary families who remained on site after the disappearance of the "old Tignes". The discerning eye can still make out the portrait of Hercules, the Giant of Tignes, on the dam on the Tignes les Brévières side, a gigantic (18,000 m²!) and ephemeral fresco created by Jean-Marie Pierret in 1989 and destined to disappear. Until 2000, the dam was emptied every 10 years to check the health of the infrastructure. Since then, robots have been used to check this, and the emptying is a rare event.
The natural lake of Tignes, whose waters descend directly from the Grande Motte glacier, is a haven for water sports in summer: water-jumping, hot-jumping, blob-jumping, stand-up paddle, pedal boats, canoeing, kayaking, trout fishing...
Saint-Jacques de Tarentaise Church
Named after the patron saint of Tignes, the church of Saint Jacques de Tarentaise, located on the Boisses lock, is an identical reproduction of the church of the old village which was flooded in 1952 following the construction of the EDF dam. Because of its resemblance to the old building, the church of Saint Jacques played an essential role in the Tignes community's feeling of identification with its new living space. Under the direction of the architect Jamet, the structural work began in 1950 and the fitting out was carried out two years later. The general appearance of the old building, inside and out, was scrupulously respected, as even the original dimensions were kept.
Persillé (marbled cheese) of Tignes
Appreciated by Charlemagne, who is said to have discovered it at the bishop's in Moutiers and brought it back to Aachen, the "persillé de Tignes" is a cheese made from goat's and cow's milk which almost disappeared, since only one farm still produces it today. It is cylindrical in shape, about ten centimetres high, with a brown rind. Its chalky, white texture is a tribute to goat's milk, which unlike cow's milk, does not russet.
Today, with its hundred or so goats and fifteen or so cows, only one producer, Paulette Marmottan, continues the tradition. The cheese was almost drowned with the village of Tignes when the hydroelectric dam was built.