Here at Mint we make every effort to help make your snowboard holiday in Morzine, Avoriaz or Les Gets a success… from the booking process, organising groups of level that work and, of course, providing you with the highest level of tuition and coaching on offer in the Portes du Soleil. Check out some of the testimonials we have received so far this winter:
‘Me and Nikki just wanted to say a big thanks to you and Dave for the snowboard lessons. Nikki was in group lessons last week taken by Dave Cooper. She said he was by far the best instructor she’d had, always calm and gave good encouragement. A big plus as well was that everyone in the group was almost at exactly the same level.’ Dave Streatfield
‘Thank you all very much for my lessons last week. I had an excellent time and have been commented on how much I improved over the week (girlfriend much happier to ski with me now). Dave was an excellent instructor and generally pushed me well out of my comfort zone without scaring me too much. I was also surprised at how well Dave coped with a group feeling that I had a very personal service even in a group. If I return to Morzine you guys will be my first stop.’ Graeme Higginbotham
‘Great teaching and a good giggle!’ Mike Taylor-West
‘Hi Tammy, just writing to say thanks to Mint and David for the lessons. The private lesson last year with you and the group lessons with Dave this year have moved my boarding on a lot. Your approach to teaching is awesome so thank you.’ Dave Clack
‘We have just got back from a week in Morzine where our son Angus had snowboarding lessons from Grant at Mint. The quality of tuition was fantastic, the progress he made was amazing and he is now a convert to snowboarding. Thanks to Grant for making Angus’s holiday such as success.’ Ian, Beth and Angus Binnian
‘My 2 hour lesson with Tammy started my holiday off to a really positive start. Her ability to teach and explain technique was excellent, and I came away with a smile on my face and a lot more confidence in my own ability. I would definitely recommend MINT.’ Rowena Edwards
‘Just wanted to say thanks again for a brilliant lesson on Sunday. I was out for 4 hours yesterday, practicing on the same runs and capped it off with a run from Le Vaffieu to the base of the Pleney Ski Lift at the end of the afternoon – I was knackered after that, but grinning like the Cheshire Cat !’ Donald Stark
‘Just wanted to say how pleased we were with the course. Lessons were great fun and we really felt we had achieved a lot at the end of the three days, so big thanks to Dave and yourself.’ Lisa Basch
‘Just a quick note to say how much I appreciated the coaching I received from the Mint team during my recent visit to Morzine. The coaching I received from David Gladwin was fantastic. In three days I went from not being able to snowboard at all to linking turns! David’s tuition and attention to form were spot-on.’ Jon Shelby
‘David was an excellent instructor and made the week really enjoyable.’ Andrew & Vicky Curtis
Pierre & Vacances launches competition to win a trip to Avoriaz for the ‘Go Wild Music Festival’
Pierre & Vacances and P&O Ferries have teamed up to offer a fantastic holiday for four to ski and snowboarding resort Avoriaz to for the coolest new music event in the Alps. Enter online for the chance to experience the first ever Go Wild Music Festival (Festival des Concerts Sauvages) 2-9 April 2011.
The new, unique festival involves ten secret gigs at ski-to mountain locations, and who’s performing will only be announced by a text message to concert-goers mobile phones shortly before the first notes are played. Stages will appear and disappear overnight to keep people on their toes.
Each exciting act will perform an acoustic set during the week-long festival. The line-up is a who’s who of Warner Music’s talented French and international artists, including Kézia Jones, BB Brunes, Guillaume Grand, Joyce Jonathan, Jamaïca, Inna Modja, Irma, and Madalena.
The competition, which will run until 25 March 2011, is taking place on the Pierre & Vacances’ Facebook page. For a chance to win, entrants simply have to ‘Like’ the page and fill out their details. http://www.facebook.com/pierreetvacances.uk.ireland.
The prize includes:
• Four free ski passes for the Portes du Soleil ski region which includes entrance to all Go Wild Music Festival gigs for the entire week.
• An apartment with number one French accommodation specialist Pierre & Vacances in one of its nine ski-in ski-out holiday residences in Avoriaz 1800, a totally car free resort. www.pv-holidays.com
• Channel crossings for a group of four people and one car from P&O Ferries. www.poferries.com
• Free ski or snowboard hire from number one online rental specialist Ski Set. http://avoriaz.skiset.co.uk
The Brits in America is a documentary following a number of British skiers and snowboarders who have moved to America to train in freestyle.
In this episode Jenny Jones runs us through her experiences winning Silver at Winter X Games 15.
Huntington Beach, CA (January 27, 2011) – Quiksilver is pleased to announce the addition of Iouri Podladtchikov to the brand’s global snow team. When the Russian-born, Swiss-national rider searches out another Winter X Games podium, he’ll be previewing 2012 Quiksilver outerwear and accessories in the halfpipe. Iouri, or “IPod” to friends, is currently leading the TTR rankings and is often called one of the most progressive halfpipe riders in the world.
“With the addition of Iouri to Quiksilver, we now have a team of riders that represent every aspect of snowboarding from pipe and park to urban jibs and the backcountry,” says Mike Nusenow, SVP and General Manager of Quiksilver’s Mountain Division. “Iouri is one of the smoothest and most technical riders in the world and we look forward to him making an impact in snowboarding.”
Iouri is coming off a big 2010 season, in which he won silver at the Winter X Games in Aspen, followed a month later by gold at the Winter X Games in Europe. At the Winter X Games Europe, Iouri successfully landed a Double McTwist 1260, putting him in first place with a score of 98.00, the highest halfpipe score in Winter X Games history.
In addition to his X Games wins, IPod won the men’s halfpipe at the 2010 New Zealand and Canadian Opens, which propelled Iouri into a second place finish in the TTR rankings last year. At the most watched snowboarding contest of 2010, the OIympic games in Vancouver, the 22-year-old finished in fourth place for snowboarding halfpipe. His dual Russian-Swiss citizenship enabled him to compete in the Olympics representing Russia in Turin’s 2006 games, then for Switzerland four years later.
“I am very excited to join the Quiksilver team. Travis Rice has influenced me so much over the years and skating with my good friend Freddy Austbo is one of my favorite things to do,” says Podladtchikov. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to spend even more time with these guys and the rest of the Quiksilver team. I have so many goals and things to achieve still in my life and career and I am excited to do those things with Quiksilver’s support.”
Iouri dedicates his time off the contest circuit and out of the pipe to studying for his college courses at home in Zurich, skateboarding with friends and freeriding his home mountains around Davos, Switzerland.
Iouri Podladtchikov joins Travis Rice, Bryan Fox, Todd Richards, Mathieu Crepel, Hampus Mosseson, Eric Willett, Will Lavigne, Chris Rasman, Matt Belzile, Fredrik Austbo, Marku Koski, Bevin Hall, Tom Pelly, Atsushi Ishikawa and Isao Seki representing Quiksilver in the mountains.