Early Season info & Special Offers

With the winter season fast approaching we thought it was about time to get on with this blogging business, and we’ll be posting regularly throughout the winter with info on what’s happening in resort, special offers from us and our partners in Tignes, news form our sponsors and anything else we think might be interesting…

Tignes glacier has been open for a couple of weeks now, and hearing it’s been snowing again today from our friends Steve, and James ‘SuperRad’ Sweet, who are already in town, while the London Ski & Snowboard show organisers just posted an early season ‘where to go’ guide online which had this to say about Tignes: “Want to go skiing in the Alps right now? Get thee to Tignes – seven lifts have been open on its glacier since 29 September with more to follow, and conditions permitting, the rest of the resort will open on 1 December. Tignes’ glacier offers 20km of pistes, and several schools and academies run early season training courses on it, including Snoworks, Inspired to Ski, The Development Centre and McNab Snowboarding.”

Speaking of SuperRad, who if you don’t know are one of the most exciting new coaching setups in Europe – they’ll be based in, and running courses from Morzine and Tignes this season, and we’ll have some very exciting news about a couple of innovative SuperRad vs. Dragon Lodge collaborative weeks we’re planning for this winter – details to come next week…while main man James Sweet will be keeping us updated on snow conditions on the glacier, and whats happening in Tignes this Autumn so check out Facebook and Twitter feeds for that…

We’re actually opening up on November 17th as we’re hosting a 4 week BASI level 1 instructors course with the excellent Sno-Limit crew – the course is almost sold out, but they’ve just announce the last few places have been reduced by £500 each so if you fancy getting your Ski or Snowboard instructors training qualifications started give them a shout tout-suite!


Our excellent equipment hire partners Tignes Spirit recently announced they’ve kept their prices the same as last season (in fact, they’ve held them the same for the last 4 seasons now!) so not only can you hire excellent ski and snowboard equipment (they stock only high quality gear, including the great boards we ride from Endeavor Snowboards) but you get them for a great price – especially if you book through us via the exclusive booking form on our equipment hire page where you get 30% off the ‘public / in resort’ price! Combine their low cost, the fact that they deliver and fit equipment for you at the lodge, and the increasingly high costs for ski/snowboard carriage with the airlines these days, and renting your gear for the week from Tignes Spirit is definitely worth trying!

We offer a number of Transfer options during the season, from scheduled bus services to private mini-bus transfers, from the best operators in the Alps – but have also just secured a great deal and arranged preferential rates for Dragon Lodge guests with award winning  car rental specialists Rhinocarhire.com for Geneva Airport car hire, get your exclusive 5% discount for Dragon Lodge guests only by following this link. They also have an interesting blog where you can also read about the pro’s and con’s of renting from either Swiss side or French side here.

That’s all for now, we’ll be back with more info and special offers, including some reduced prices for the last remaining early season / Christmas places at the lodge, and the lowdown of the Dragon Lodge / SuperRad colab, next week. In the meantime check us out on Facebook and Twitter for daily Dragon Lodge news and more.


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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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Due to some last minute cancellations we have room at the Tourneval from Sunday 18th December to Monday 26th December – and we’ve dropped the price to just £350 for the period – so a possible 9 days 1/2 board, over Christmas for this bargain price!

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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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