Photo Essay: Snowboarding in the French Alps

Photo Essay: Snowboarding in Tignes, French Alps

We love everything about ski resorts and alpine villages.

The crisp, fresh mountain air. The gorgeous snow-capped peaks. The morning chair lift up the mountain. The anticipation of fresh powder runs. The afternoon beer(s) after hours of playing in the snow.

We’ve spent a lot of time snowboarding in British Columbia but always dreamed of one day snowboarding Europe’s celebrated Alps. So, when we found ourselves traveling around Europe during winter, we knew that our time had finally arrived.

We decided on Tignes in the Tarentaise Valley of France’s Northern Alps, a region that boasts the highest concentration of world-class ski resorts in the world. It’s also the freestyle skiing venue for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville.

Tignes and neighbouring Val d’Isère combine to make up the Espace Killy, a massive ski area that covers over 300km of terrain and 90+ chair lifts that transports skiers and snowboarders to over 150 marked runs.

We spent five days over the Christmas holidays in a small alpine village named Tignes-les-Brevières. Tignes-les-Brevières is surrounded by trees because it sits at a lower altitude than the other villages that make up the Tignes Ski Resort. The alpine villages are connected by a network of chairlifts and gondolas, making it fairly easy to get around (assuming you’ve got your ski’s or snowboard).

Below are some photos from our action-packed ski trip to the French Alps.

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps

Riding the chair lift from a high altitude village in Tignes (no trees in sight)

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps

Tignes is made up of five alpine villages:
Val Claret, Tignes le Lac, Le Lavachet, Tignes Les Boisses and Tignes-les-Brévières

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps

Gorgeous snow-capped peaks

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
It’s easy to feel insignificant in the presence of the French Alps

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Photo break

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Massive bowls and endless terrain

Chair Lift - Tignes, France

Good times in the French Alps

Look at all that fresh powder under that chair lift in the distance!

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps

Freshly groomed runs and ski lines on a bluebird morning

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Steep, rocky peaks miles above the tree line

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps

WOW!

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Which way?

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Nicole ready to rock this bowl!

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Catching some freshies on Christmas morning!

Chair Lift - Tignes, France

Happy Cam

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Every chair lift took us to different terrain – it’s a MASSIVE ski area!

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps

Cruising towards the lake near Tignes-les-Brevières

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
The picturesque village of Tignes-les-Brevières – our home for 5 days

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Winter wonderland

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps

Breathtaking snow-capped peaks

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps
Christmas morning session – we had the mountain all to ourselves!

Tignes Ski Resort in the French Alps

Christmas morning happiness in the French Alps

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Do you like to ski or snowboard? Where is your favourite ski resort?
Share your favourite spots in the comments section below, we’d love to check it out!

 

 

About Traveling Canucks

Cam and Nicole Wears are newbie parents living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. A passion for travel and outdoor adventure has taken them to over 65 countries & territories on 6 continents in the past 7 years. Follow them on Google+ and subscribe to their travel newsletter.