We are stoked to announce a new partnership for the Just 4 Girls snowboard camps… and to introduce you to Herd Headwear!
Herd Headwear is a local Whistler grassroots company created by a Norwegian snowboarder who came to Whistler, B.C. in 2001.
From the love of the Canadian Mountains and the snow community she decided to create a company that would incorporate local talent as well as international influences to create unique products.
Herd Headwear started in the fall of 2008 having its first toques sold out of a sauna known as “the sauna shop”. Since then Herd has grown up to find itself herding around the world.
Herd Headwear is primarily a headwear company but this season sees an incorporation of clothing and artwork on the agenda. Local Calgary based artist Mark Kowalchuk and Squamish based artist Darren Camplin have both been creating one of a kind Herd pieces.
Check out the catalogue and get your Herd on!!! www.herdheadwear.com
The next Just 4 Girls snowboard camp will be running in Morzine / Avoriaz, France, from 2nd – 9th April. So for any of you shredettes out there who are wanting to step up their riding, get progressing and have a whole load of fun… check out www.just-snowboard.com for more info. And of course you can look forward to a goodie bag from Herd as well as helping support the Keep a Breast Foundation.
Mint Snowboarding will be instructing on the Roxy snowboard camp being held in Morzine 20th – 27th March 2011. Mint instructor, Tammy Esten, will be coaching all aspects of intermediate / advanced level snowboarding… along with UK Roxy Pro Riders. For more info: www.starskichalets.com/roxy/index.htm
The hotly anticipated inaugural Avoriaz Festival des Concerts Sauvages (Wild Concerts Festival) 2-9 April 2011, has announced a preliminary line up comprising some of Warner Music’s most exciting talent.
Kézia Jones, BB Brunes, Guillaume Grand, Joyce Jonathan, Jamaïca, Inna Modja, Irma and Madalena and others soon to be announced will perform 10 acoustic gigs in pop-up ski-to totally wild mountain locations. Stages will be erected overnight and taken down the following day in and around Avoriaz and the Portes du Soleil winter-sports area.
Visitors to the new concept winter music festival will receive concert details including the act and secret locations via SMS shortly before each gig. Tickets to the festival are free with the purchase of Portes du Soleil region ski passes. To receive notifications, festival-goers should register on the Portes du Soleil website. http://en.portesdusoleil.com/inscription-concerts-sauvages.html
The festival is a totally new concept event created by WARNER 360. Avoriaz based skiers and snowboarders will have the chance to see breathtaking performances amid equally memorable settings during with week-long festival.
Avoriaz is offering a Wild Concerts Festival special featuring a 10 per cent discount on Portes du Soleil ski passes and accomodation in Avoriaz, in the heart of Les Portes du Soleil from 15€ per person per night. Contact email@example.com for reservations.
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UK freeride legend and experienced big mountain rider, James Stentiford, gears up for this seasons Freeride World Tour, with his eye on the podium.
After last years wild card invite and surprise third place finish at the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix, Stentiford has been invited to attend the full tour this season. An invitation he can’t refuse:
‘To get on the podium is pretty exhilarating for a UK snowboarder and that sort of spurred me on a little bit. I thought why not have a crack at it? I’m not getting any younger. I thought before I turn 40 I should give it a go. That’s why I’m here.’
The 39-year old snowboarder finds his place amongst the top freerider’s in the world and faces tough competition from other international big mountain legends such as Xavier de la Rue. But with experience rivaling the best of them and Chamonix as his training ground (a freerider’s dream) he is determined for success:
‘I’d like to win one to be perfectly honest and on the right day if I get the right line I think I can win, so that’s my motivation. And also I want to get to Verbier. Every freerider’s dream is to ride that mountain in perfect conditions so that’s my motivation behind it.’
The invitation makes James the only British rider on the roster and is good news for the UK scene. Some of you Mint students out there may even have had the privilege of riding with James who frequently joins us for a day or two on the Just Snowboard Camps.
The Freeride Tour is 100% natural, 100% clean. The event is all about celebrating the god-given terrain features found on any mountainside in the most exciting and elemental format possible. There‘s a start gate at the summit and a finish gate at the bottom. That’s it. Best run down wins. With contests all over the world during the 2011 season, the first stop is the Nissan Freeride de Chamonix which is due to take place on the 22nd of January.
Good luck James!!!
On 11th December, 25 snowboarders rocked up on the doorstep of our two chalets in Morzine for the Just Performance Lab and the Just 4 Girls snowboard camp.
Having been blessed by great snow and then cursed by rain the week before the camps we were slightly unsure of what to expect when the lifts opened again in Avoriaz on the Saturday. We were pleasantly surprised at how good conditions were, although the off piste was a no, the pistes were perfect for the first couple of lessons with instructors Dave & Tammy from Mint Snowboard School. The week started with getting straight down to technical progression for both the Just4Girls and Just Performance camps… breaking down the riding techniques and then building it up again, properly.
With both camps full we had a good mix of riding levels (with 4 coaching groups) and some great personalities. The Slopestyle party on Monday night in Morzine gave some of the boys the chance to brush up on their chat up lines as well others to win raffle prizes!
Mid week, right on cue, it snowed, allowing us to get more adventurous and test the new skills learnt over the previous days. There were a good number of campers who had never really ridden powder before… they thought they had, but when you’re getting first tracks off Cubore in Avoriaz it soon opened their eyes to what the good stuff is compare to those few turns at the side of the piste! New skills and techniques were adjusted accordingly to the off piste conditions and it was definitely the girls that got the best of the powder riding (hehehe)!
We took advantage of the fine snow and sunshine to bring Damien, our resident photographer, along and take some shots. This led to hunting out good terrain on which to bag a banger, and take it home to show mom! The photos can be seen on Facebook.
For the end of the week Mother Nature blessed us with an almighty dose of snow. So in preparation everyone waxed their boards (with Bluebird wax from their goodie bags!), or at least got shown how to, discussed the options and advantages of shifting your bindings back, borrowed longer boards from the Lib-Tech demo fleet and went to bed excited to see what the morning would bring.
And it brought snow, loads of it, easily 50cm… booyeah! There were strong winds and poor visibility, so to the trees was the cry and off we went. Even if you have ridden a fair bit of pow, over half a meter of light and fresh is still hard work to keep yourself going in. However there was no question, the grey conditions were irrelevant, it was an epic day all-round and tree riding a great experience for everyone.
The Perfomance Lab gang had Quiksilver pro rider James Stentiford along to show them what could be done if as talented as he is (which is incredibly). That didn’t perturb them from teaming up against James and the Mint Team for a pro vs am competition through the Stash. Although there is some debate as to who won, the performance level was definitely raised a notch or two and the fun factor was off the hook!
The girls and Olly stepped it up laying lines all across Lindaret to make a finale of a route down under the Abricotine chair. A super fun off piste section that normally gets tracked pretty quick, however end of the day and they were the first down it. This may have something to do with the flat track to get to it, which when waist deep and untracked took some effort. But with a thirst for adventure the girls followed, a track was put in and waist deep first lines were scored. They made it to the lift 5 minutes before it closed it after a full day (9am start) in super deep snow. Laughing muscles were aching as much as the legs… true sign of a great day!
After such an epic poweder day, there was zero desire to go dancing for an end of week party! Instead everyone enjoyed viewing of Damiens awesome photos, the various videos taken during the week, an award ceremony, a few ding repairs, drinks at the chalet and a well earnt good night sleep.
Now normally the story ends there, but due to snow in the UK and cancelled flights many had a night in Geneva, whilst others came back to Morzine and even got to shred another day!
For more info on snowboard camps in Morzine & Avoriaz check here.
Check out a selection of the photos from the camp below (click on them to enlarge)…