You’ve got all that expensive snowboarding gear looking great in the cupboard, but is the price of a snowboarding holiday preventing you from using it? Enjoying some time on the piste doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg, and although the USA and New Zealand may be a wonderful destinations, you don’t have to go halfway around the world to get a great snowboarding holiday.
For people who are looking for a snowboarding holiday on a budget, Tignes is a great option. This small community in south east France which has really developed at the base of the Grand Motte glacier to cater to the skiing and snowboarding tourist market. The natural bowl around the community offers great conditions for snowboarding, and with an established system of ski lifts and an artificial snow maker, Tignes is an ideal destination.
Travelling to Tignes from the UK is fairly reasonable, with budget airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair flying into nearby airports in Lyon and Geneva. If possible, fly during the week as the transfer services to the hotels tend to be cheaper during the week. However, when this is compared with using Eurostar and then local trains to get to Tignes, the time and costs tend to be fairly similar during the snowboarding season. Another option that can be even cheaper is to use a coach service such as that offered by Snow Express, which may take a little longer but is often the cheapest method to get there.
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Accommodation in Tignes
When it comes to finding a cheap place to stay, browsing online will often offer the best prices. Make sure to look around and go directly to the chalets themselves rather than going through the bigger travel companies, as the best prices are usually available when going direct. You can start your search on Booking.com’s website to get a rough idea of price before you look further. If you are flexible in terms of your travel time, then it is often possible to get real bargains at the last minute.
Hitting The Slopes
Despite the fact that snowboarding in Tignes can be a budget holiday, it doesn’t have to be a low-budget experience. With 300km of marked trails within easy reach, there is plenty of territory to explore, with a variety of difficulty gradients to suit the novice, expert and intermediate boarders alike. The 100 ski lifts also mean that you’ll get more time on the piste and less time actually waiting in a line to get up the mountain.
For those looking for a real challenge, the extensive lack run known as the ‘Sache’ is ideal for experienced snowboarders and drops from the top of the run all the way down into the village over a long and thrilling route. If even this doesn’t prove to be enough of a challenge, there are also unmarked areas off-piste that really allow people to explore.
Getting your powder fix may seem like a big outlay, but with destinations like Tignes just a short hop over the channel, a snowboarding holiday doesn’t have to break the bank.