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DRAGON LODGE 2015 JAPAN POWDER QUEST TRIP!

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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. January 17th – 24th 2015**

* 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 and dates are flexible around this week – get in touch to discuss…

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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.

We can also advise on best flights, weather straight to Sapporo (usually via Seoul, Hong Knog or Tokyo) or with a stopover in Tokyo to experience that side of Japan too, which we’ve always done on previous trips and can thoroughly recommend

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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 john@dragonlodge.com

March, & April 2014 Special Offers

With good snowfall throughout February Tignes is looking good for the 2nd half of the season, with the full Espace Killy open until May 10th this year. The last few seasons have seen great conditions in March, April and even early May and with a solid base down we’re looking forward to the same again this year.

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Dragon Lodge manager Will Hughes spraying the fresh stuff last week – photo Chippie

With that in mind we’ve got some special offers and deals on prices for the few remaining weeks this season:

Feb 22 – March 01 2014

FULLY BOOKED

March 01 – Mar 08 2014

FULLY BOOKED

Mar 08 – Mar 15 2014

Last Minute Special Offer – £300 1/2 board

Mar 15 – Mar 22

Special Offer 25 % off – £350 1/2 board on last remaining places

Mar 22 – Mar 29 2014

     Special Offer 25 % off – £350 1/2 board on last remaining places

Mar 29 – April 05 BRITS – British Snowboard & Freeski Championships.

     Special Offer 10% off – £400 1/2 board  on last remaining places

Mar 05 – Apr 12 EASTER

FULLY BOOKED

Apr 12 – Apr 19 EASTER

Special Offer 25 % off – £350 1/2 board on last remaining places

Apr 19 – Apr 26 2014

FULLY BOOKED

Apr 26 – May 03 2014

Special Offer £175 B&B

May o3 – May 10

Special Offer £175 B&B

 

SUMMER 2013 SPECIAL OFFERS

As usual Dragon Lodge guests receive great deals from many of our friends in Tignes – here’s a selection of offers from our great partners available this summer:

Snowboard & Ski Hire – long time partner shop Tignes Spirit are offering Dragon Lodge guests an amazing 50% OFF rental equipment this summer – email them for booking & prices.

TransfersTignes.co.uk are a font of all Tignes information, and their transfer service is second to none. This summer Dragon Lodge guests get an exclusive 20% off airport transfers – email them for prices and booking.

Mountain Bike Hire – With FREE lifts for mountainbiking and 150KM of trails Tignes is building a reputation as the place for summer Alpine riding. Our bike partner Startline MTB have a great range or full suspension downhill & hardtail cross country bikes. Available to hire by the day, and including helmets and protective gear, Startline are offering Dragon Lodge guests 10% off bike hire this summer – email them for prices and booking.

SUMMER 2013 OPENING DETAILS & PRICES

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 / Chalet Triolet Summer apartment details:

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

£650 per week.

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.

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 2. upstairs (apartment ‘Gentiane’) 4 – 6 person

£400 per week.

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.)

– 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.

Spring & End of Season Special offers:

What a great season it’s been so far, and recent snowfall throughout March continued to provide fresh powder and great piste conditions, while topping up and already impressive snow coverage that will mean excellent skiing & snowboarding for the rest of the season.
The Espace Killy area covering Tignes & Val D’Isere is open right up to the 5th of May, and the Tignes glacier is even open a week later until May 11th, so there’s over a month left to get on the slopes – the Dragon Lodge is open right ’till the end, and there’s deals & special offers galore on offer:
- 25% off all remaining weeks at the lodge – 1/2 board weeks stays from £199
- shorts stay, long weekend + B&B only deals
- 20% off weekly lift pass prices
- 30% off equipment hire
- Free demos of next seasons Endeavor snowboards
Add to that cheaper flight & travel deals & quieter slopes and it all adds up to being the perfect time for a snow-fix trip before the end of the season.
For more info, prices and booking see www.dragonlodge.com or email john@dragonlodge.com

January Special Offers: (updated 18/12/12)

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!

For more information and bookings email john@dragonlodge.com

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

*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

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*

For all the details of the coaching courses see www.sno-limit.com and www.getsuperrad.com

For more details on the Dragon Lodge special offers for December see www.dragonlodge.com/special-offers or email john@dragonlodge.com

 

*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 www.dragonlodge.com/your-holiday/equipment-hire/

Winter 2012 / 2013 Early Season Special Offers latest:

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!

SPECIAL OFFER NEWS:

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.