Its the time of year for creative video contests! Last week Morzine hosted the infamous annual Cavern 24-7 Film Festival with some awesome entries. And now a brand new snowboard creative video contest for girls called ‘A Brit Weird’ has just been launched.
A Brit Weird hopes to encourage girls to get out in crews and film their shred, in any way possible to enter into a contest and win some awesome prizes. We think it’s a great year to run a contest like this, with loads of girls getting on boards!
The contest is open to all girls in the UK and Brits abroad, edits must be no longer 5 minutes, and it’s not all about the action, they are looking for creativeness too. And it’s not limited to snowboards, ski’s too.. or jump on a skateboard for some added footage! Closing date for entries: 20th April.
It seems that spring has sprung here in the Portes Du Soleil meaning we are really living up to the name! Don’t worry there is more snow on the cards but whilst the beautiful bluebird days are here we should make the most of them!
Here are a few little pointers to make sure you get out on the slopes, snowboard every day but stay safe!
- Many people think that because there is snow our risk of getting sunburnt is not as high, well have we got news for you! The lovely snow reflects the sun between 70 and 90% depending on how new the snow is. This means it’s really important that we use sunscreen as not only are we getting the UV rays from above but then it is reflecting back up at us from below! If you want to find out what the UV Index for the day is the you can check here for Avoriaz, Morzine, and Les Gets.
- We all love the clean and clear mountain air making us feel fresh and alive, but did you know that because of the altitude we are at in the mountains and the clear air we are exposed to even more UV rays.
- We always advise drinking lots of water when you are going out snowboarding as it’s really easy to become dehydrated which affects you in all kinds of ways (read our blog on nutrition for more information on this!) but it stands to reason that when it’s sunny and warm and you are being active you will really need to replace the fluids your body is losing! Keep hydrated and it means you can shred all day long in the sunshine!
- Just like by the beach or in the towns, the UV rays from the sun are strongest between 10am and 4pm. Now this is likely to be your prime shredding time so make sure you either cover up or use a good sun screen that you can reapply throughout the day.
- Finally, the UV Rays also affect your peepers! Did you know your eyes can get sunburnt too? Yes that’s right, take all those rays from above and reflected rays from below, minus some good goggles or sunglasses and you can actually sunburn the front surface of your eyes. If you have young children it is even more important to protect their eyes as they will be more vulnerable to the UV Rays.
So, we hope that has given you some food for thought as to why you should have a high factor, good quality sun cream and some good eye protection! Now get out there and enjoy the amazing snow in the sunshine!
In the last three weeks since that incredibly nerve wracking morning of the Women’s Snowboard Slopestyle Finals at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics, Jenny Jones has become a national hero. And so should she, winning the historic first ever Team GB medal on snow.
The response to Jenny’s snowboard Olympic bronze medal win has been phenomenal to say the least; from photos on the front cover of just about every national newspaper, visits to Downing Street, numerous appearances on TV including the Jonathan Ross Show and several more to come… the coverage is endless. And it couldn’t come to a more deserving person, nor to a better ambassador for snowboarding in the UK as well as a role model for all sports.
Mint Snowboarding founder Tammy, a close friend of the superstar, joined Jenny on an open-top victory bus tour through Bristol on Monday 3rd March, along with the various Mayors of Bristol, friends & family and a ton of paparazzi. It was an incredible event, starting at Jenny’s old school and ending in the city center, follow by a Civic reception at the City Hall. In typical Jenny style, she was worried no-one would come out to watch… but she couldn’t have been more wrong as hundreds of people lined the streets to see Jenny Jones paraded through the city. It was fantastic to see people from all walks of life stop what they were doing and wave her by. And in return Jenny jumped, waved & danced her way along atop the bus!
All in all, it was a ridiculously fun day and great to see so much support from the public… lets hope Jenny has inspired a whole new generation of UK snowboarders! Check out our photos below:
You might have seen our recent post on Half Pipe Etiquette aiming to give you the tools you need to stay safe in your first foray into the half pipe. Guess what?! It’s just the same in the park! Whilst it seems like a super fun nice open area with lots of rollers and fun little jumps to ollie off next to the rails, there are definitely some rules you should learn to stay safe and happy and keep everyone else happy too!
Protect your Swede!
Whilst it is not compulsory world over to wear a helmet in the snow park, why would you not want to protect your lovely head! You can get some great helmets nowadays that are comfy, fit well and even look pretty stylish!
Start Small and scope it out first
Make sure you check out the features before you hit them. Have a look at the size of the jumps, the jumps on to the boxes or rails. It’s totally fine to do a ride through and have a look before you jump but just make sure you stay out of the way of the landings and drop ins.
Look around you, just like in the half pipe, if you are queuing to ‘hit’ something then look around you, was someone there before you, are they going o go? Do they have their hand up, are they waiting to go? If it’s your turn, pop your hand in the air and then people are aware that you are planning to hit the feature.
Don’t stand on the landings
This is a biggy! A lot of the time the person at the top of the jump at the ‘drop in’ can’t see you if you are on the landing. If you are in the park exploring then be aware of where the landings are, even on the smaller jumps and rails. The speed a rider picks up when hitting a rail is definitely enough that they can’t stop in time if you are in the landing or worse still they may land on top of you! This is also the case with jumps, but obviously coming down from a dizzy height. When in the air they will find it hard to avoid you if you are in their landing!
Get up and clear out
Everybody falls, it’s part of learning! Make sure you watch people hit the feature before you go in for your hit and make sure they land it and have cleared out before you go! You don’t want to land on someone. Just like in the half pipe, if you have fallen and can move out the the way then do so as quickly as possible! If you can’t move out of the way and if you can, just signal so people know you need help.
So to round up!
WEAR A HELMET
DO A RECCY
LOOK AROUND YOU
KEEP AWAY FROM THE LANDINGS
GET UP AND CLEAR OUT
Just remember snowboarding is fun, so go out there, progress, learn and have lots and lots of fun, but stay safe!