Looking for an early season snowboard holiday in Europe?
Join us in Morzine / Avoriaz the week of 12th December 2015 and kick start your season with a week of fun and progression. Due to popular demand we have now organised a second exclusive accommodation offer in the centre of Morzine, again at a bargain rate for those joining us.
Snowboard Course Details:
Technical Performance Camp
14th – 18th December 2015
Even if you’re fairly content rider, a week with professional instruction will help you enjoy it 10 times more. In this course we’ll help you develop of a solid platform from which you can further progress your riding to dominate over the whole mountain. More info on the Technical Performance Camp.
Beginners Snowboard Camp
14th – 18th December 2015
Join us on this unique week created for beginners learning to snowboard. Enjoy discovering the world of snowboarding with others of your level. More info on the Beginners Snowboard Camp.
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NEW Accommodation Details:
Having already filled up 1 chalet, we have now secured another great accommodation deal for those on our December Snowboard Camps… and at a bargain rate! We have now taken on rooms in the fantastic centrally located Chalet Joseph with Rude Chalets.
From Saturday 12th – Saturday 19th December 2015
The price of the accommodation is as follows:
Shared twin room: £285 (including transfers)
Single occupancy: £385 (including transfers)
Included in this is:
7 nights accommodation
Three course evening meal, six nights per week
Unlimited wine throughout your stay!
Continental breakfast six days a week with 2 daily cooked options
Afternoon tea including homemade cakes/biscuits, tea and coffee, fruit, bread and jam
Honesty bar with beer
Fridge stocked with complimentary Red Bull
Check here for further info on the Chalet Joseph.
Also the week of 13th December, Snowbombing is bringing their new music festival, Transition to Avoriaz. There will be a first class dance lineup across a medley of unique and interesting venues in Avoriaz, including a party in the Stash! You can find out more on the Transition website.
Words by Tammy Esten – Founder of Mint Snowboarding
As the owner of Mint Snowboarding and having spent the majority of my life in the alps sliding around on snow, I can definitely vouch for the extreme fun in snowboarding. This is a fun that invades snowboarders of all levels & generations, often turning rather obsessive! It’s a fun that should exist from the first time you strap a snowboard to your feet… and it should never die out. This is why professional instruction is so important.
Taking lessons… as a beginner?
So you want to learn to snowboard… a great idea! Taking lessons, vs teaching yourself, will teach you the basics using a tried & tested program involving a gradual progression of skills. This will build your confidence along with your skills and help reduce risk of injury. Your overall rate or learning will be much faster as well as preventing you picking up bad techniques that are difficult to get rid of once they are set in.
Snowboard lessons are designed to be fun and a good instructor will ensure that your stoke levels are sky high at the end of each lesson. Your snowboard instructor will also ensure you are learning on the optimum equipment for your level and that it is set up correctly, specifically for you. The trained, eagle eyes of an instructor will enable them to give you individual feedback directed on where you are going right or wrong. These are things an untrained eye is not able to pick up on.
If you are investing in learning to snowboard and taking a snowboard holiday, I cant stress enough the value of spending a little more to ensure that you enjoy one of the best holidays of your life rather than ending up frustrated, bruised, battered and angry with your partner / friend. Don’t loose out on the fun & excitement of what could become your favorite hobby!
Taking lessons… as an intermediate or advanced rider?
Due to the initial steep learning curve with snowboarding, relative beginners can quickly get around the mountain with ease (and often a general lack of control). However these riders will soon hit a frustrating plateau very early on in their snowboarding ‘careers’ and struggle to progress any further no matter how much time they spend on snow. So many people fall under this somewhat wooly category of an intermediate… and so few people get beyond it. The best way to avoid this frustration is to get some professional coaching from a Technical Performance course.
Many snowboarders complain that they only get a weeks snowboarding holiday a year and thus this time is very precious to them and they don’t wish to ‘waste’ this time & money in lessons. They couldn’t be more wrong! This time could be put to great use learning news skills. Progression equals fun!
Knowing how to improve and what to work on will boost the fun factor and keep you motivated. Snowboarding is awesome, but snowboarding is ten times more awesome when you feel that you are progressing; whether it be learning new tricks, riding new terrain or discovering new aspects of snowboarding, such as splitboarding. For example, imagine the feeling of landing your first 360 when you had previously never dared dream that it might even be possible.
There’s always something new to try, that’s one of the joys of snowboarding!
And for those who have already progressed to an advanced level, do you think that the likes of our Olympic Bronze medalist, Jenny Jones, have got there without a coaching? Quite simply, no. Remember, a ninjas training is never complete.
What type of lessons should I take?
Lessons can come in all sorts of formats; from private lessons to group courses and snowboard camps to specialized courses & sessions. Find something that works for you.
Whilst generally more expensive, private lessons can be a great way to speed up the learning process, whatever your level or aims. Get exactly what you want out of a lesson that will be designed specifically for you, private snowboard lessons are the ultimate way of achieving your goals as well as offering a great way to boost confidence for a nervous learner.
Group snowboard lessons allow you to enjoy the experience of learning with others of the same level and are a cheaper option. If you take lessons at a reputable school then group sizes will be small (ideally max 6) and you should receive individual attention within a group lesson setting. Group lessons are not just for beginners; intermediate and advanced riders should look out for technical performance courses and freestyle sessions.
One of the best ways to progress your riding is by joining a snowboard camp. These are designed with solo-travellers in mind and are designed to be a week dedicated to fun and progression. You will find that a full week of coaching gives you time to make solid changes to your riding, get new tricks dialed or spend a full week shredding the backcountry.
Can I learn from a friend / partner or teach myself?
The simple answer is NO! A highly qualified instructor will have a wealth of knowledge, techniques & experience not just in how to actually snowboard but also in how to teach snowboarding. This just cannot be matched by a friend, who no-doubt has a bunch of bad snowboard habits themselves, as well as no idea how to break it down, teach & analyse… even with the best intentions. A good snowboard instructor also has endless patience, empathy, creative teaching techniques… and will not give up on you, no matter what. Keep happy relationships with your friends & partners and invest in professional teaching!
There really is no substitute for a lesson from a professional instructor. Whether it’s your first time on snow or you’ve been snowboarding your whole life, everyone can progress with a little help.
About Tammy Esten
Tammy is the owner of Mint Snowboard School in Morzine / Avoriaz and has been teaching snowboarding for over 13 years. Not only does she have an incredible passion for snowboarding, but also for sharing this love with others. Mint Snowboard School offers progression for everyone, beginner to pro, via group lessons, private tuition, snowboard camps and instructor training. They also specialise in freestyle coaching, mini-shred lessons, backcountry guiding & splitboarding.
NEW for winter 2015/16 Mint Snowboarding will be offering a Technical Performance Course, running weekly.
The Technical Performance Course gives you technical progression in all areas of your riding, such as carving, steeper terrain, off piste, bumps & freestyle. It will change the way you ride and consequently enhance your enjoyment on the mountain.
Who is the course for?
Intermediate & advanced level riders; especially those of you who may have developed your snowboard skills & style alone with little guidance from lessons or coaching. There is only so far you can progress your snowboarding without some professional input. Get some coaching and this will improve your riding way beyond any investments on equipment.
Day 1: Developing riding technique. Teaching you the techniques which will enable you to use your equipment effectively and develop a fluid riding style. Including advice on equipment and optimising your setup
Day 2: Teaching you the movements required to enable technical progression and using this to increase board performance. This day includes video coaching to analyse and develop your riding
Day 3: Implementing your new skills across a range of terrain and tasks.
Day 4: Off piste riding. Advancing your riding technique on natural terrain and varying snow conditions.
Day 5: Introducing freestyle skills both in and out of the snow park, including switch riding.
When: Running weekly, Monday to Friday in the mornings
Cost: 335€ pp
Group size: Small group of maximum 6 (min 4 required)
Are you thinking about qualifying as a ski or snowboard instructor?
Peak Leaders are offering skiers and snowboarders of all ages the opportunity to attend a free taster day at The Snow Centre in Hemel Hempstead on Friday the 25th of October 2013. This is a great way to find out more about the snowboard instructor training course that Mint Snowboarding runs with Peak Leaders in Morzine, starting January 2014!
This is an opportunity for skiers and snowboarders who are interested in becoming a certified instructor, during their gap year or as a career change, to be introduced to exactly what Peak Leaders do. The event will kick-off at 10.15am and involve a 90 minute free on-snow coaching session, with some of Peak Leaders’ instructor trainers, and a chat from their team. The on-snow coaching session will be delivered by some of the best trainers in the business and introduce skiers and snowboarders to life as a trainee instructor, but without the Après Ski this time! Coffee, soft drinks and croissants will be available to all attendees on arrival and prizes will be given-out during the training session.
For more information visit the Peak Leaders website. This event is only open to people that book their place in advance. To book free of charge email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or telephone (01337 860 079) the Peak Leaders office.
We are stoked to announce that our partners Peak Leaders have also collaborated with Burton Snowboards, helping us to train the next generation of snowboard instructors on Burton’s latest teaching philosophies and methods.
Here at Mint Snowboarding, an official Burton ‘Experience snowboarding’ Centre we will be coaching the trainees over 10 week course in Morzine, France starting early January 2013. Mint will train the Peak Leaders trainees primarily for their BASI Level 1 and 2 instructor exams and the ‘Experience Snowboarding’ philosophies and methods will be taught additionally.
Burton’s ‘Experience Snowboarding’ programme dramatically changes the dynamic of a snowboard lesson and allows instructors to use specifically designed terrain and specially designed Burton ‘Learn To Ride’ product.
During the 10 week programme in Morzine, trainees will have the opportunity to shred with Burton Team riders and have an ‘uber tech session’ with their in-house experts. Not only that but all snowboard trainees will be offered Burton gear at a very special rate!
Burton may also select the strongest trainees to use as instructors and helpers at their Riglet Camps and Demo days in the UK.