The chalet belong to the Gassmann family
since three generations.
Pierre Gassmann, Patricia’s Grandfather was a photographer. He arrived in Tignes to cover the event of the construction of the dam. That was when the migration of the village relocated to the bottom of the dam and towards the village. It’s called Tignes the Boisses and Tignes the lake now . Tignes the lake; then used for pasture, adapted to the market demand of the times, with the arrival of first paid holiday-makers. Pierre Gassmann, bought land and built a family cottage.
In 1970, an avalanche blew 10 built cottages including theirs away. It’s remains of the three-story building is that of half the garage. The gendarmes evacuated them from the chalet in the morning before the avalanche destroyed everything else at midnight.
Since then, development of the mountain had been made to divert any possibility of avalanches. In addition, the trackers perform regular triggers of snow patches to secure the area.
In 1970, Pierres grand daughter Patricia Gassmann (the chalets founder) was 6 years old when she and her family watched the chalets destruction . She kept the desire to rebuild the cottage, and her dream came true in 2006 thanks to financing from her parents, the bank and her time and energy.