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Destination guide: Tignes, France

Tignes is one of the most sought after snow cover destination and offers a numerous impressive terrain and on the top, it offers seasons all throughout the year that makes Tignes as one of the most sought after winter tourist resort in France. Its season is not quite and goes throughout the year however the desire of preserving the glacial snow has resulted in the drop in summer skiing, however apart from 10 weeks of the summer during which Grand Motte glacier is closed, the season is still there.

The resort also has a vast Espace Killy ski area and Val d’Isère is its neighbour, both of them together altogether offers 300km of pistes for skiers of different capabilities that comprises of  91 lifts. This brings to the fact that these two famous resorts are similar to each other.  Val offers an ancient centre and a church from the 17th century, Tignes, comprises of five villages of several different altitudes, and is built with a purpose.

Tignes is situated on a spectacular mountain plateau, and there are some of the best slopes easily accessible through lifts in Europe. However, the natural feast does not match to the architecture of the place. A lot has been done to renovate the architectural looks of the quite haphazard nd ugly apartment blocks that were built during the 1960s, and the recent constructions are quite pleasing to the eye. However, no one can deny the fact that Tignes is quite an ugly place. Moving away from the natural architecture we have Val Claret which is at a height of 2,100m is one of the highest villages and one can easily reach the glacier.

Along with Tignes-Le-Lac, which is present just down the road, offers you quite a convenient place to choose a hotel for a comfortable stay, shops, and restaurants. Moving a bit lower lie will find you quite comfortable apartments of Le Lavachet, that are linked by the lifts through a ski bus. After going down to the mountain which is at 1,800m and 1,550m respectively, you will get the satellites of Tignes-Les-Brevières and Tignes-Les-Boisses (aka Tignes 1800).

Both are quite properly linked to the ski area that offers their lifts but is completely detached from the central hub and offer only a limited number of restaurants as well as shops. You need to check the location of the area where you will be residing and do this booking your tour as the tour operators deliberately put a gloss on all these important details.

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