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Dragon Lodge X Ezon Snow 2015 Trip

If you’re reading this then chances are you love snowboarding…whether carving a piste or sliding a rail, hitting kickers or hiking for powder turns…the joy we get from the simple act of sliding on snow is unmistakable.

Snowboarding is obviously about the love of riding, but its also about much than the physical act of riding, it’s about traveling, about being in the mountains, spending time with friends and like minded folk from all over the world.

One of the most memorable experiences we’ve had that combine these things have been in Japan – travelling to new places, experiencing wildly different culture, meeting amazingly friendly people, eating incredible food…and riding epic powder

After a number of trips to Japan to shred the legendary powder in Niseko over the past few years the Dragon Lodge crew are this year planning another trip. Once again it’ll be hosted by local guiding company Ezon Snow whose local knowledge on and off the hill is second to none.

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Above: Dragon Lodge co-founder & Ezon Snow guide Owain Bassett has spent 10 years riding Niseko powder like this…

The details:

* 7 nights accommodation** – self catered, twin share rooms in a 3 or 4 bedroom lodge in NIseko.

* 6 full days guiding – in resort, nighter, lift / gate accessed back-country and snow shoe / hiking back-country areas

* All lift passes needed (Niseko, Grand Hirafu, Annapuri, Hanazono & Moiwa)

* Back-country equipment – snow shoes, avalanche tranciever & pack

* Airport transfers from Saporo

* All local transport – to & from the hill every day

* Off snow hosting – our local knowledge to make sure you get the authentic Japanese experience off the hill – from best places to eat, drink & shop to essential cultural customs like the après riding hot spring onsen!

 Cost: £1250

 **Extra nights accommodation available from £75 each per night.

Above: Ezon Snow’s other half Monzen has been surfing the pow in the magical trees of Niseko for even longer than Owain

The plan:

Ezon Snow is the guiding company run by Dragon Lodge co-founder Owain Bassett who has been living, riding and guiding in Niseko for the last 10 years, so setting this trip up will reunite the original lodge crew. With lodge co-founder and owner John Bassett leading the group alongside with long time lodge manager and all round powder ripper Will Hughes the plan is to help our powder quest crew to get the most out of their trip – the best riding each day depending on snow conditions which Owain’s local knowledge will guarantee. John & Will’s lodge hospitality experience, and knowledge of the town picked up on previous trips, to help make sure the crew get the best and fullest Japanese cultural experience off the snow.

We will pick you up each day, head to the chosen powder stash for that day. The selection of little resorts in the Niseko area are a little spread out, so having our own van for the week will ensure we can get to wherever the snow’s best that day. Wherever we choose, be it magical Moiwa, gate accessed side-country in Niseko, night-time powder sessions or a snowshoe hike or split-board mission into the backcountry, we’ll be sure to get the best snow each day that the conditions allow.

You’ll be staying in a great 3 bedroom house in the Niseko Country Resort just a short drive from Niseko village, with a free shuttle bus service – perfect for shops, restaurants and night time activities! We’ll also take you to the best places to eat, drink, shop…and also to experience the hot spring Onsens after riding!

The 7 day trip, with 6 full days guiding is the basic package – if you want to stay longer we can arrange the accommodation for that with added days either side of our week.

Above: John Dragon testing the legendary, Niseko designed Gentem powder boards with the 2012 lodge crew Sam, Mark & Skip

For more info or to book email

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After such a great winter season, we’ve decided to open up for the summer again this year, from June 15th until the end of August the lodge will be open for self catered and B&B – with many groups of skiers, snowboarders, mountain bikers and mountain lovers requesting more flexible self catered options we’ve come up with a great version of the Dragon Lodge experience for the summer – more flexible and at a great price, we’re able to offer the main downstairs lodge, and the upstairs ‘mini-lodge/apartments’ as individual self catered units OR together as a whole – these options offer guests great value, large living areas, secure storage rooms for bikes and all the all the usual lodge facilities like TVs, Xboxes, music docks and free WIFI – check the options and prices below:

Dragon Lodge Summer apartment details:

Option 1) Main Lodge apartment (apartment ‘Edelweiss’) sleeps 8 – 10 people.

£650 per week any time June 15th to August 17th 2013

100m² over two floors the apartment covers both lower floors of the Dragon Lodge, accessed via stairway directly from the road.

There is a large sun deck, and balcony running the length of the apartment first floor, from which the spacious living & dining room is accessed.

First floor:

The large living & dining room has table & chairs seating 12 plus sofa space for 12+ people.

Kitchen has 4 x hobs, 2 x ovens, microwave, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and all utensils necessary.

The living room is equipped with TV & X-Box (with a selection of movies & games) a stereo, I-pod dock and a selection of books and game.

There is free WIFI available throughout the apartment.

Bathroom one is on this floor, accessed via the hallway leading to the downstairs bedrooms and has a bath, 2 x sinks and a WC.

Lower floor: Accessed via stairway from the hallway off the living room, the lower floor features :

1 bedroom with a double bed

1 bedroom with 2 x bunk beds (sleeps 4)

1 bedroom with double bed and bunk bed (sleeps 4 max.)

1 bathroom with shower & sink.

1 separate WC.

Option 2) Apartment No 1. upstairs (apartment ‘Perce-Neige’) 4 – 6 person

£400 per week any time June 15th to August 17th 2013

This two floor, 2 bedroom, 45m² apartment is situated on the upper floor of the Dragon Lodge, accessed via walkway directly from the road.

There is a balcony running the length of the floor, from which the apartment living & dining room is accessed via sliding French doors.

First floor : The living & dining room has table & chairs seating 6 plus sofa space for 6 people.

Kitchen has 2 x hobs, a microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.

The living room is equipped with TV & X-Box a stereo, I-pod music dock

There is free WIFI available throughout the apartment.

The bathroom is on this floor and has a bath / shower, sinks and a WC.

Second floor: Accessed via wooden staircase from the living room.

1 bedroom with 2 x single beds

1 bedroom with 1 single bed and bunks beds (sleeps 3 max.)

Option 3) Apartment No 3. upstairs (apartment ‘Gentiane’) 4 – 6 person

£400 per week any time June 15th to August 17th 2013

This two floor, 2 bedroom, 45m² apartment is situated on the upper floor of the Dragon Lodge, accessed via walkway directly from the road.

There is a balcony running the length of the floor, from which the apartment living & dining room is accessed via sliding French doors.

First floor : The living & dining room has table & chairs seating 6 plus sofa space for 6 people.

Kitchen has 2 x hobs, a microwave, dishwasher and fridge/freezer.

The living room is equipped with TV & X-Box a stereo, I-pod music dock

There is free WIFI available throughout the apartment.

The bathroom is on this floor and has a bath / shower, sinks and a WC.

Second floor: Accessed via wooden staircase from the living room.

1 bedroom with 2 x single beds

1 bedroom with 1 single bed and bunks beds (sleeps 3 max.)

– For bookings of the whole lodge, sleeping 20, price would be £1000 for the week – more than 25% off

NB – Mini-Lodge/Apartment 2, our middle apartment upstairs, can also be available for whole lodge bookings – otherwise this will be our secure bike storage room for Summer 2013.

– All apartments have access to our secure, locked bike storage room – located on the top floor, with direct access from the road.

– Prices are all self catered, per week.

– Bed linen not included – but can be rented from us in resort.

– Towels not included but can be rented from us in resort.

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We’ve been meaning to release some new T-Shirt designs for a while now, with only a few of our last series – the very popular Dragon Lodge vs. The Yard designed by Looking Sideways art director Owen Tozer – left (see the merch. page and below) we had the opportunity to work with the super talented illustrator Phil Morgan, whose design has just arrived form the printers:

Phil first came to our attention through his graphic work for the likes of Crayon Skateboards, City Surf shop and the CSC (Cardiff Skateboard Club)  – he’s work is increasingly in demand, with recent work including exhibiting with the Looking Sideways crew at their Boardmasters event in August (see his LS profile here) as well as successful print shows in London, while his work is increasingly popular in the US with designs for the likes of the super cool Wolves Kill Sheep clothing label. We’re basically stoked Phil was into this project and think you’ll agree the final design and Ts/Sweatshirts look great!

Check out the original design below – and if you’d like to get one of these beauties yourself then info and prices are below.

T-Shirts – £20 each including P&P UK*

Sweatshirts £30 each & £2.50 P&P UK*

* For anyone wanting postage worldwide email for cost – for anyone wanting to pick up at the lodge when they stay obviously no postage cost.

Sizes available – from Womens S, M, L to Youth sizes and Mens S, M, Large – for all details and to buy email

To check out Phils work see his website

To buy other work by Phil check out his excellently named BigCartel Shop

We still have a limited number of the DL vs. The Yard Ts available too – limited sizes and only about 10 total, so email for size/colours available if interested – prices £15 inc. postage on these:

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January Special Offers

After a great start to the season snow wise the lodge has been really busy, opening on 17th November with guests right through from the first weekend, and many sell-out weeks. For January the conditions are looking great with a solid snow base down, and we’ve decided to offer a couple of great discounts to fill up the remaining weeks:

Each week in January will now be an amazing flat-rate £350 per person for 1/2 board, which is between £50 and £100 off per person from our earlier published prices!

On top of that, we’re also offering 10% off lift pass prices (that’s an extra £20 or 25€) making the most popular 6 day Espace Killy pass (usually 235€ / £192) just £170 each for the whole of January.

For more information and bookings email

Here’s a couple of other great new deals and discounts available to Dragon Lodge guests:

* With airline luggage charges for sports equipment providing an often unexpected shock, Piste of Mind allow you the freedom to forget the luggage and enjoy the trip – they are a bespoke ski and snowboard carriage company designed to take the stress and strain out of travel – and Dragon Lodge guests get 10% off when booking their service and quoting the discount code POMDRAGON

*Our excellent equipment hire partners Tignes Spirit continue to give our guests an amazing 30% off snowboard or ski hire equipment – booking is easy through the exclusive form on our website HERE – follow the steps, choose your equipment, pay online with 30% discount and your equipment will be delivered to you at the lodge on your arrival

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Dragon Lodge Early Season Special Offers

Dragon Lodge Early Season Special Offers:

The Tignes glacier’s been open since September with good conditions already and more snow forecast for this weekend, which, along with the Ski & Snowboard show season and Freeze London this weekend, new kit in the shops and a slew of videos premiering across Europe and dropping online has everyones thoughts turning to winter snow sliding…

With that in mind, Dragon Lodge have a host of early season special offers and unique coaching weeks to announce:

– BASI level 1 ski and snowboard courses by Sno-Limit between November 17th and December 15th  – last few places £500 off!

– The first of two unique collaborations with Europes freshest new coaching crew SuperRad – the ‘Winter Warm Up’ December 15-22nd

– Free equipment hire from Tignes Spirit for any Dragon Lodge guests booking during December, including Christmas week*

– Up to 25% off weekly lift pass prices for Dragon Lodge guests during December

For all the details of the coaching courses see and

For more details on the Dragon Lodge special offers for December see or email


*Free equipment includes ski or snowboards and boots, for one week, with any booking directly via Dragon Lodge. Offer extends from December 1st to December 29th only.

NB – for the rest of the season Dragon Lodge guests receive a 30% reduction on equipment hire with Tignes Spirit via the booking form at


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Super Rad vs. Dragon Lodge

At the Dragon Lodge we have a long history of working with and hosting snowboard and ski camps, courses, board tests and instructor training weeks –  from the Team GB junior freestyle snowboard teams in the mid to late 90s, the Navy and RAF snowsport teams, our own Endeavor Snowboards test weeks and the Sno-Limit BASI instructor courses we’re hosting this November & December. We’re proud to have worked with, and provided accommodation for the clients of, some of the best coaches, instructors and guides in Europe, people like Neil McNabb and Neil McNair, whose coaching and guiding operations are the best in the business – both well worth checking out (check out McNair Snowsports website for some great early season courses in Tignes this season) We obviously work with the best schools locally, like the excellent Alliance Snowboard school in Tignes, and we’re really excited to be working with one of the most exciting new Snowboard coaching setups SuperRad on a couple of collaborative camps / coaching weeks this season:

above – SuperRad promo vid. featuring Dragon Lodge’s own Will Hughes shredding with SuperRad founders and coaches James Sweet  & Lewis Sonvico

15th – 22nd  December Dragon Lodge x SuperRad Winter Warm Up – £750

16th – 23rd March Young Guns Develop and Inspire (Inc. X-games) – £850

For full details of these two weeks see below, but in the meantime…

What is SuperRad? Well, SuperRad is a new coaching experience, created by snowboarders who love snowboarding, designed for you to have as much fun as possible, and get super rad on your snowboard!

They like to build from giving you strong technical understanding of riding your snowboard, while finding your own creativity and style so that you can shred all over the mountains, whatever the situation.

They realize the differences in every snowboarder, therefore, SuperRad is not about just learning skills, they think it’s about taking these skills to where you want to use them, which could be on the piste, in the snowpark or into the backcountry.

Why is SuperRad different? SuperRad coaching involves not only developing a solid riding style, but helps you learn how to use it all over the mountain, for maximum radness! Your learning is going to be on overdrive as you explore new ideas, learn from your feedback and get pushed out of and back into your comfort zone, all at your own pace.

SuperRad coaches pride themselves on their intuition and ability to tune in to and accommodate the learning of the individual. Everyone is different, everyone has their own style, and we love that! Whatever you like to ride, and whatever style of riding, they’ve got that covered! Getting coached by SuperRad will change the way you see snowboarding, and we promise, it will be a ton of fun!

Founders and head coaches James Sweet (based in Tignes) and Lewis Sonvico (based in Morzine) are highly qualified, holding Snowboard ISIA instructor & Snowboard ISTD instructor, Freestyle development coach level 2 qualifications, have full French Carte Professional and also first aid, child protection and CRB checked – follow the link above for more info on these two SuperRad snowboard instructors!

Dragon Lodge x SuperRad Winter Warm Up – with Tignes glacier open since 29th September, and snow already on the on the ground in the village, it’s looking good for early season. Dragon Lodge opens 17th November while the full Espace Killy area, including Tignes & Val D’Isere, opens 1st December so with the early snow and Tignes record of being one of the most snow sure resorts in Europe the ‘Winter Warmer’ week should be great!

15th – 22nd December  – £750
“Tignes is one of the best early season resorts to come and get your first fix of the winter. With SuperRad teaming up with the Dragon Lodge, we would like to provide you with the opportunity to come and tune up your riding for the upcoming winter, and enjoy the Dragon Lodge experience as they show you Tignes as only they can. Become a local for a week!”

“SuperRad coaching is carefully shaped to get you as rad as possible on your snowboard, whilst developing and retaining your own personal style and flare. We like to work not just on using correct movements but also being in the right frame of mind to get the most out of your riding. The Dragon Lodge is all about having tons of fun on and off the slopes. Staffed by a team of lifetime snowboarders, they pride themselves on showing people the ‘real’ Tignes with amazing food, a real snowboarder’s home to stay in for the week and quite often finishing the day with a pint of Guinness in hand! Overall, we plan to have a real cool week, making new friends, getting shred ready for the rest of the winter and just generally good times!”

“There are 12 spaces on this week so come and ride with super shred hippy and instructor Lewis, and his local partner in radness, James. The SuperRad teamwork makes dreams work. Get super rad and be shred happy.”

“Minimum requirements for this week are for you to be able to ride blue slopes confidently in a variety of conditions and beginning to be playful on your board. It’s going to be a rad way to start the snowy months!”

Price includes – 6 days coaching and feedback – 7 nights half board accommodation – and a 6 day full ‘Espace Killy’ liftpass  for £750


16th – 23rd March Young Guns Develop and Inspire  (Inc. X-games) – £850
“Following on from the radical groms week we had this summer, SuperRad would like to present a unique opportunity for the younger shredder out there by training around the X-Games, with SuperRad looking after everything; with the opertunity competing at the Brits the following week.”

“This isn’t just a training course, but a full tilt, 100% snowboarding mega experience. The week is all about development and inspiration. With SuperRad taking care of the coaching, you know you are going to speed up your learning and push yourself to new heights. At the same time we will be dropping into the X-games village to see the world’s best doing what they do, maybe even getting to meet some of them too! Throughout this week we will develop your riding and your tactical mindset with the idea that you can then move onto any mountain, snowpark or freestyle contest feeling super shred ready! Above all, this unique experience will definitely be tons of FUN with SuperRad and a whole bunch of new friends!”

“We have hooked up with the Dragon Lodge for this week. We will be taking over 2 of their apartments linked in with the chalet so the kids can hang out and meet cool people, all part of the UK and international shred scene, make new friends and really get inspired by people who live for snowboarding. All this but with enough separation for kids to be kids, get to bed early and be ready for the next day of adventure.”

“A minimum requirement for all riders attending this week will be to be happily riding all terrain in a variety of conditions with some freestyle ability to ride boxes/rails and small to medium jumps (similar to your local mountains blue jumps/main indoor jumps).”

Price includes- 6 days coaching and feedback. 7 nights half board accommodation, 6 day liftpass, and 24 hours supervision from arrival. £850


Ages 10-17 years old. Accomodation is for SuperGroms only, parents welcome to stay in resort but must do so of your own accord! Sorry!

For more information or to book Email SuperRad – or email

above: some more SuperRad shred action and mega Euro-carving from James, Lewis & WIll in Tignes & St. Foy

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Sno-Limit Snowboard and Ski instructor courses at Dragon Lodge to start the winter season

We’re please to announce we’ll be hosting some great Ski & Snowboard Instructor Training Courses run by the excellent Sno-Limit to start the 2012 / 2013 winter season.

Run by respected instructor Calumn Duthie, Sno Limit run instructor courses in Europe and New Zealand, and feature fully qualifies coaches, including some of the UKs best snowboarders as instructors and camp coaches, like Team GB Olympic halfpipe snowboarder, and friend of the lodge, Ben Kilner who said “‘I am stoked to be part of Sno-Limit who are really focused on improving an individual’s riding ability. The instructor courses that are on offer are a great way for an individual to achieve this and is a fantastic and productive way to spend the winter season.”

Below’s the basics on the courses, for skiiers of snowboarders, which lead to a BASI level 1 qualification – for more info and all the lowdown on the Sno-Limit crew check out their website

Dates: 17th November – 16th December (4 weeks)


  • Dates: 17th November 2012 – 16th December 2012
  • Duration: 4 Weeks
  • Location: Tignes, France,
  • Includes Return Flights from London Heathrow to Lyon
  • Accommodation: Dragonlodge – All Meals Included
  • Qualification Achieved – BASI Level 1
  • Who’s this For? Boarders with some experience looking to vastly improve their Snowboarding skills and technique in order to gain the qualifications required to become a professional Snowboard Instructor.
  • Free Swag: Stylish Westbeach Snow Jacket and a Load of Sno-Limit Goodies.
  • Cost – £3595


  • Dates: 17th November 2012 – 16th December 2012
  • Duration: 4 Weeks
  • Location: Tignes, France,
  • Includes Return Flights from London Heathrow to Lyon
  • Accommodation: Dragonlodge – All Meals Included
  • Qualification Achieved: BASI Level 1
  • Who’s this For? Skiers with moderate experience looking to vastly improve their ability and technique and gain a Level 1 instructor’s qualification.
  • Swag – Stylish Westbeach Snow Jacket and a Load of Sno-Limit Goodies.
  • Cost – £3595
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We love Endeavor here at the lodge, the boards are obviously great or we wouldn’t ride them, and their design ethos really sets them apart from the majority of brands in the snowboard market. They recently moved into a cool new office / design lab / studio space in Vancouver and of course immediately set about collaborating with their featured artists to work on it – and documented the process in the film below – and we’ve still got a few spaces left on the Endeavor boardtest week in December where you can check out Meggs Live series art work and ride all the 2012 boards for free

Street, graffiti and fine artist Meggs, of Melbourne Australia, has left his mark on Endeavor Snowboard’s Vancouver design office with a massive outdoor mural.

The artist, who developed the artwork for Endeavor’s Live Series snowboard range, took to the exterior of Endeavor’s new home on Railway Street in the heart of Vancouver for a week in September. Armed with an arsenal of spray cans, stencils, rollers and brushes, he has left a dynamic work of art depicting a “Cold Front” superhero theme on a distinctly Vancouver backdrop.

The first in a series of content films to be released by Endeavor this fall was filmed and directed by Randy Ross and reveals Meggs’ motivations for his creation’s theme and the techniques used to produce the massive work of art. “Creating art in the public domain helps people relate and become more a part of their environment,” says Meggs. “A public art experience is an interactive experience.”

“We are an artist driven company and it has always been a dream of mine to have a work space which is creative and interactive” says Max Jenke, managing director of Endeavor Snowboards. “Having the opportunity to have Meggs do some installations was something we couldn’t pass up.”

Megg’s work can also be seen on the 2012 Live Series from Endeavor Snowboards. “The artwork for those boards are from a series of works I painted for my ‘King For A Day’ exhibition. The imagery features a duality of kings and demons, royalty and morality, which explores society’s obsessions with power, wealth and fame,” says Meggs.

“We are dedicated to bringing fine art to the best quality snowboards. The 2012 line-up of boards feature the most complete collection of graphics we have ever put together and Meggs has certainly done the Live Series justice with his graphic,” says Jenke.

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Endeavor Snowboard Design – Test Week

Welcome to the new Dragon Lodge website and blog – kicking it off in style with some info about our exciting season opener boardtest below. Check back for more news and views throughout the season from the Dragon Lodge Team – John, Will, Harry, Clare & Tom

Dragon Lodge, Tignes Spirit and Alliance Snowboarding present:

2012 Endeavor Board Test / Tech. Clinic & Coaching week.

Tignes, France, 3-10th December 2011.

*Demo the full 2012 Endeavor board range
*Free on snow coaching with Endeavor, Tignes Spirit & Dragon Lodge team
*Video feedback, backcountry safety and board tech clinics
*Additional coaching from Alliance Snowboarding
*1/2 board accommodation just £199
*Discounted lift passes
*Cheap travel option available

With the winter season fast approaching, and Tignes opening up on 26th November, Dragon Lodge and their board sponsor Endeavor Snowboard Design kick it off with an amazing board test week.

Presented by UK Endeavor distributor Noble Custom alongside Tignes Spirit & Alliance Snowboarding this great week is more than a great chance to try the entire Endeavor 2012 range of boards – will also include tech. & board maintenance clinics, backcountry safety talks, coaching and video making.

Great value at just £199 ½ board for the week including all the activities hosted by the Endeavor, Dragon Lodge, Tignes Spirit & Alliance teams.

Endeavor Snowboard Design – Innovative Canadian snowboard co. founded in 2002 by pro rider Max Jenke and Transworld Magazine staff photographer Scott Serfas. The brand has appeared on covers of the most prestigious snowboarding magazines, won countless board test awards and pioneered the artist collaboration by bringing art to snowboard graphics – while continuing their mission to make the best snowboards in the world!

Alliance – The Only 100% Pure Snowboard School In Tignes and Val D’isere. Leaders of the new breed of snowboard instructors and coaches and run by English speaking riders who hold the highest levels of BASI qualification. The Alliance team will be riding Endeavor boards this season and only endorse the best!

Tignes-Spirit – Tignes most forward thinking snowboard shop and rental service – stocking only the best quality brands (sole Endeavor stockists in Tignes) with exclusive lines of hard and software not seen anywhere else in town. They lead the field with innovative ideas like their pioneering delivery service for rental equipment and cannot be beaten for quality or value with their price match promise.

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