Rebel Alliance now operate a sister company called Tignes Heliboarding, enabling you to fulfil your dreams of being dropped at the top of an isolated peak then having the whole descent to yourself
What do you get on a Tignes Heliboarding day?
You will be picked up at your accommodation around 8am and driven to La Rosiere. Your guide will then take you to the Italian side of the resort in La Thuile. You will be picked up in the helicopter and dropped at the top of Mont Miravidi, an Italian peak. After taking in your surroundings and getting a few pictures, you will enjoy a descent of over 1000 vertical metres in awesome snow. The descent ends in a bowl where we wait for the chopper to return and take us back to the top of another peak, this time to the French/Italian border. From here we descend into France down terrain which is perfect for snowboarding. It has numerous natural features like rock drops, big banks for slashing, and open spaces to let rip. The run finishes in magical trees before passing through quaint Alpine villages. At the bottom of the descent is our vehicle ready to take us back to Tignes for some celebratory drinks.
Tignes Heliboarding freeride days are a guaranteed way of getting into the backcountry, regardless of weather conditions. Naturally, due to extreme weather conditions, helicopters cannot always fly – even if you beg them. In this event, we revert to Plan B: an equally awesome day out, in which we go to Sainte Foy to experience some of the enviable terrain this little Savoyarde gem has to offer. A trip to Sainte Foy could consist of any one of the epic lines such as Col Grenier, Crystal Dark or even La Foglietta. All descents are over 1000 metres and offer some of the most snowboard friendly terrain anywhere in the world.
Price – £100 basic to cover Plan B. A further €400 in cash will be payable if we fly. This can be paid just before we get in the Helicopter. Transport to La Thuile and return from Mirroir is included. A fully trained snowboard instructor/guide, who understands what snowboarders are looking for, is of course part of the package. Lift passes in La Rosiere and/or Sainte Foy are not included. It is all day affair, you won’t return to resort before 5pm.
If we get the right conditions, it is always worth considering renting a powder specific snowboard. Freeride boards really do make riding off-piste easier and more enjoyable. Check out Si’s blog on last years Flight Attendant from Burton, and chat to Loulou at Snodroppe who will always try to give you a good deal.