After a slow start – the sport originated in the USA in the 1960s, and those who practised it in Europe were often considered a danger to skiers and even banned from the slopes – snowboarding holidays are now almost as popular as ski holidays in the Alps.
Indeed, the French Alps offer up some of the world’s very best snowboarding pistes. Snowboarding is available in the snow-sure resort of Tignes offered by Mark Warner staying at one of our cosy chalet hotels.
Family-friendly Tignes is much-loved for being one of the first European resorts to have actively welcomed snowboarders. Tignes continues to host national and international events and is often used for snowboard instructor courses and for training camps and events by snowboard teams and board manufacturers. And access to the Grande Motte Glacier means you can board in Tignes almost year-round.
Snowboarding can be learnt at any age, but as with skiing it’s best to book lessons with a professional to get off on a firm footing. Most schools will teach children to snowboard from the age of seven, although technological advances have made it easier for younger children to learn. Mark Warner works closely with the best ski and snowboarding schools in each destination. We can also arrange snowboard and boot hire for everyone from beginners to advanced freestylers. Parents will also be able to go out during the day knowing their little ones are in good hands thanks to the professional childcare offered by our hotels.
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Snowboarding doesn’t get much better than France with its beautiful scenery, great weather, huge mountains and choice of superb resorts. You’ll easily find a resort with wicked off-piste, long wide runs to blast down and fantastic snowparks with kicker lines and combinations of jibs, rails and boxes. With over 40 years’ of experience you can’t go wrong when booking a Mark Warner snowboarding holiday. Our exclusive chalet hotels in the Alps are centrally located in Tignes, one of Europe’s top resorts, boasting tons of snow, great runs and après to test your staying power.
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Brilliant for boarders, relatively few flat areas and plenty of wide groomed runs. A good terrain park under the Palet chairlift with jumps and rails for all levels, plus beginner and advanced half pipes. Some of the more intense powder fields and chutes require a little trek but are well worth the effort.
There’s an outstanding snowpark – some say the best in Europe and hosting Europe’s only version of the X-games and the resort of choice for many pro-riders . Accessible to budding freestylers and encouraged too while there’s many features for more experienced freestylers too. With the Grand Motte glacier there’s the opportunity to board pretty much all year-round.
Freeriders will enjoy the array of long and wide pistes. With a dump of snow there's plenty of off-piste and guides happy to show you the best places to cut through the powder. Suitable for all level of boarder, there truly is something for everyone. Freestylers can enjoy the new park up in Val Claret, near to the Les Lanches chair.
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