Village Montana Tignes
Named after the first American settlers that travelled all the way from Bozeman, Montana to colonise the village of Tignes in 1921, Village Montana Tignes is regarded as a place of pilgrimage for the citizens of Big Sky Country and it is well-known that free board & lodgings will be offered to travelling Montanans (although not during the weeks of Xmas, New Year, half-term or the first week of Easter). This writer questions how a group of slack-jawed yokels from the American mid-west could make a claim on French sovereign soil less than 100 years ago but there is no arguing with the name of this Résidence and what that confers to those early explorers.
With its location in the quiet & sunny neighbourhood of Les Almes, Village Montana Tignes is at the foot of the slopes (the blue Almes piste) and so offers ski-in access. And ski-out access too with a short run down to the chairlift called…yes you guessed it…Almes! Or you can slide a little further down to the Palafour chairlift which takes up higher still. There are a number of restaurants and bars in the hamlet of Les Almes but the bustling centre of Tignes le Lac with its range of restaurants and busy nightlife is just a short walk of 500m from the Résidence.
To boast about the facilities of Village Montana Tignes would, in truth, be a little disingenuous but we can wax lyrical about those in the neighbouring hotel of the same name! Hotel Village Montana has a 24hr reception, ski rental shop and private car park, but the big ticket items are the relaxation facilities; outdoor heated swimming pool, spa, sauna, hammam and Jacuzzi. For guest in the Résidence, there is a charge of EUR 10 per person per day to use the facilities.
Village Montana Tignes has apartments for four persons with two bedrooms, for six persons with either two bedrooms and a bunk room or three bedrooms and ten persons with five bedrooms. The comfortable living areas have ample seating, every unit has at least one balcony and the larger apartments also have fireplaces. The largest ten person apartments have two living areas and two kitchens! All kitchen have hob, oven, microwave, refrigerator, dishwasher, coffee-maker, kettle, toaster, pressure cooker and kitchenware.