Les Crosets, on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil, is home to a great in park for intermediate to expert level riders and is in a wonderful sunny location. Jumps in Les Crosets Superpark range from 6m to 20m+ tabletops as well as a whole host of cool features. The line of about 6 smaller jumps are down the left hand side (skiers left) and the big jumps and jibs are in the centre and down the right hand side. At the bottom of the snowpark there is a natural halfpipe; great for boosting out of on the way down 8 man Express chairlift servicing the park.
The Chatel SmoothPark, located in the Super Chatel area, is a fun park with a wide range of jumps and jib features. It is generally quieter than the Avoriaz & Croset parks. In 2012 the Smoothpark hosted the French leg of the ‘Nike Chosen Series’, giving proof that Chatel’s park shapers definitely know what they’re doing. At the bottom of the park is an airbag, free of charge and open from 12h to 15h. The park is serviced by two button lifts and also has a boardercross track down the length of it.
The park at Les Gets is on the Mont Chery area, which is south facing and in the sun all day. The park is serviced by an old two man chair and is always pretty quite so a good place to head to get away from the crowds during the holiday periods. The Mt Chery park has a number of features; from jumps, rails, boxes and often a wall ride at the bottom.
Les Gets is also home to a decent sized and well maintained boardercross course which runs under the Chavannes lifts. This is definitely the best of the board-cross courses in the Portes du Soleil and great fun for racing against friends.
There is a small snowpark on the Nyon area of Morzine / Pleney slopes, although not very well shaped and often full of ski schools. It does, however, have a fun boardercross course (although much smaller than the one in Les Gets). If you are staying in Morzine and into freestyle riding, then you are better off heading in the Avoriaz direction.
We are stoked to be heading to Tamworth for the Big Bang snowboard show on 18th & 19th October to do a couple of coaching sessions with Olympic superstar Jenny Jones. Mint instructor & founder, Tammy Esten, will be co-hosting two ladies only coaching sessions with good friend Jenny.
The Ladies Power Hour sessions will be an introduction to freestyle for ladies who are new to the snowpark. This is for any ladies who want to try a bit of freestyle for the first time. Learn how to hit a jump or a box in the park with a bunch of other newbies. Let the fun times begin!
Ladies Power Hour: First time in the park
Saturday 18th October 2014: 09.00 – 10.00 hrs
Sunday 19th October 2014: 17.00 – 18.00 hrs
Cost: FREE! You will need the required recreational pass for the slope
Requirements: Any age, confidently linking turns on the main slope
Coaches: Jenny Jones & Tammy Esten
BOOK HERE: Spaces are limited so be quick!
There is a whole heap of stuff going on at the Big Bang snowboard show at Tamworth snowdome, including…
> Demo all the new 2015 winter kit
> Free 15 minute snowboard fun session for 3 – 6 year olds in the Riglet Fun Park
> Riding and signing sessions with Olympians Jenny Jones & Jamie Nicholls
> Welcome to Snowboarding – Try snowboarding for just £10
> Freestyle jam night sessions
Check here for more info on the Big Bang Snowboard Shows
To celebrate the upcoming winter season and the fact that we have set the dates for our busy snowboard course schedule for winter 2014/15, we are offering a DISCOUNTED RATE IF YOU GET BOOKED IN EARLY. Book by the end of August 2014 to get a reduced rate, see the individual course for details of the offer.
The Mint Snowboard Courses are the best way to progress your riding to the next level and give you a totally unique, fun focused coaching experience. Full days are spent with one of our top level snowboard coaches ripping up the slopes of the Portes du Soleil showing & sharing how much fun can be had on a snowboard.
A unique range of courses are offered to provide a snowboard camp to suit everyone… whether your aims are to develop a strong riding style all over the mountain, ride epic backcountry lines or learn new tricks in the park. Check out the dates and get booked & paid up by end of August for the discounted rates!
*NEW* Beginners Snowboard Camp
15th – 19th December 2014
Shred Progression Intermediate
15th – 19th December 2014
5th – 9th January 2015
Shred Progression Advanced Camp
15th – 19th December 2014
5th – 9th January 2015
19th – 23rd January 2015
Backcountry Snowboard Camp
12th – 16th January 2015
*NEW* Mixed Splitboard & Backcountry Course
16th – 20th March 2015
Join us for a fun & progressive week of getting totally amped on snowboarding!
So, with the winter olympics in Sochi drawing to a close we have seen a renewed interest in the freestyle element of snowboarding here at Mint. This is awesome news as people want to try something new and progress but aside from recommending proper instruction we thought it would be a good idea to give you guys some insight into some rules when it comes to freestyle terrain, to keep yourself and others around you safe!
First up we will focus on the half pipe. Unfortunately we don’t all have a pipe to ride to ourselves or someone standing at the top announcing our run so keeping everyone riding and safe is what’s important and we all have a part to play. Take a look at how you can keep the half pipe and yourself safe!
It’s really tempting when you see the pipe to just head straight on over there and throw yourself down it and it should absolutely be open for everyone to try, Shaun White had to start somewhere! But! We definitely recommend wearing a helmet when you ride the half pipe. In fact most half pipes will make this mandatory and you will know this by the sign just before you get to the pipe.
This chap is shocked you would even consider not wearing one in the Half Pipe!
There are many ways to get into the pipe and if there is a smaller option and it’s your first time, we recommend you start small and work your way up to the bigger pipe.
Avoriaz recently added a smaller pipe just next to the Super pipe and it’s been really popular!
Be aware of what is going on – Dropping In!
There are many points you can enter or ‘drop in’ to the pipe and no matter where you are planning on starting from you need to make sure you look around you and see who is where and who looks like the might be ready to go. In addition to this it’s important to let people know if you are intending to go. There is an internationally recognised little code for this! Half pipes have 2 sides to drop in from and you can also ride in from the ground level. You will notice if you hang around to watch for a while that normally one side goes and then lets the other side go and so on and so forth. The signal to let someone know you are planning to drop in is simply putting your hand in the air and shouting ‘drop in,dropping in or next’, the person on the other side will acknowledge you and you know it’s safe to go. If you are down on the ground level, join in!
It is well worth remembering to do this as you can pick up quite a bit of speed in the pipe and you do not want to meet someone coming the other way!
Here’s a little pipe diagram!!
Gauge your speed – Leave Space!
Get a good idea of how fast you are going in comparison to other people. If you are quite slow then you can drop in around 2 hits into some else’s run and you won’t catch them up. If you have someone slower than you in front then make sure you give them a good chance to get at least half way down the pipe before you go, you don’t want to catch them up! It freaks them out, makes you slow your run and can be dangerous.
We all fall at some point and it’s part of learning! If you do fall, and are not hurt, gather up anything you may have lost and ride out of the pipe. If you are winded and people are shouting to you, you can indicate you are ok by giving a ‘thumbs up’, if you are not ok and can signal or shout then let people know and they will come to you to help and make people aware they can not enter the pipe. Sometimes this is not always possible so the best bet is, if you are ok, then get up and move out of the pipe.
So, to round up!
WEAR A HELMET
LEARN THE DROP IN SIGNALS
GET UP AND CLEAR OUT