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New award gives Tignes the edge over other ski resorts

Posted on 05 October 2015

Tignes received a shot in the arm this year when it was awarded the ‘Quality Tourism’ branding by the French State, making the resort more attractive to winter sports enthusiasts and ski homeowners.

For resorts that match its stringent critreria, the Qualité Tourisme marque provides an independent endorsement of the way in which visitors are received, the calibre of the tourism services and the way in which they are provided to those who may not speak French. Having the award also adds to a resort’s appeal to owners of ski homes there.

A new attraction for skiers in Tignes this season is the recently-launched Alpine Legends ski pass giving access to 1,325 kilometres of piste and making it the largest ski pass available on the planet!  In addition to 300 kilometres between Tignes and Val d’Isere, the pass includes 600 kilometres in the Three Valleys and 425 kilometres in the Paradiski resorts of La Plagne and Les Arcs.

“Tignes is the best of the French ski resorts,” according to Jessika Ruge (49) of Brighton who skis twice a year and has tried out numerous resorts across the French Alps.

Jessika, a senior relationships manager with a London investment company, has bought a spacious one-bedroom apartment in a résidence de tourisme at the heart of the new Tignes 1800 village.

Jessika, who paid €237,500 (excluding French VAT at 20 per cent, waived under the leaseback scheme) for her property, used savings to put down a deposit and then, with the assistance of ‘a very helpful broker’ in France, took out a French mortgage on the balance.

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