There’s no doubt that a lot of fun was had on last April’s Girls Snowboard Camp in Morzine. Snow was plentiful, the sun shone, smiles & laughter in abundance and great shredding was had by all.
Everyone was on excitement overdrive when British global slopestyle superstar Jenny Jones joined the crew to coach for a day. Jenny’s positive & encouraging approach to snowboard coaching helped inspire everyone to step up their game.
Here are some photos taken later in the week.
The Roxy snowboard camp will not be taking place in winter 2013/14 but don’t worry girls we will be back for winter 2014/15 with super exciting new plans and tons of fun to be had! In the meantime check out the snowboard camps we have on offer for this winter. From freestyle to back country there is something to help you progress and have a good time so make sure you come and see us in the snow!
Once upon a time, in an extremely cold snowy inhospitable place, 6 gladiators pitted themselves for a week of backcountry snowboarding against the mountains of the Portes du Soleil…
They were led by Mint snowboard guides David Gladwin & Tammy Esten into the untouched, secret off-piste spots of the Portes du Soleil resorts around Morzine, Avoriaz & Chatel…
It snowed on call every night, laying down knee deep powder for the following day…
The mountains drew blood…
But they continued to shred…
The mountain tried to swallow them up…
But they continued to shred…
Tons was learnt by all; avalanche awareness, terrain analysis, snowpack stability, transceiver use as well as backcountry techniques to riding the deep deep powder to name but a few…
And the snow never stopped falling, and again they continued to shred…
And happy faces were permanent fixtures for the week…
Many thanks to:
The 6 Gladiators for being keen & solid shredders
The Mountain Gods for producing bottomless powder in a seemingly endless supply for the week
Some of the off piste routes done (as well as many secret spots to boost):
Pointe de Vorlaz
Pointe De Linderets
Vallée de la Manche (several variants)
Crozat Bowl (several variants)
The Croset Couloirs x5
We’ve had an epic start to the season out here in Morzine… after almost two weeks of non-stop snow, the sun is finally out today, 23rd December. This made for fun times on the December Snowboard camps.
Snow conditions were unquestionably fantastic, with everyday being a powder day, although the weather was certainly challenging at times. Strong winds and the huge quantities of snow caused some lift closures, but the team battled on with rosy windswept faces showing huge smiles at the end of run after run of epic powder. The one day that the lifts did shut completely, we were the only ones in town to battle against the elements, turning a potential down-day into a fun day up the mountain building a couple of backcountry kickers as well as doing some transceiver training.
Other than fantastic snow conditions, other highlights of the week included an exclusive showing of the much acclaimed Art of Flight at the Morzine cinema with after party in the Cavern and a great day tearing around the Avoriaz Stash park with James Stentiford, Jamie Trinder & Henry Shackleton of the Quiksilver UK team. Progression in everyones riding was impressive within the 4 coaching groups each headed by one of top qualified instructors from Mint Snowboard School.
Check out some photos from the week:
We have several more snowboard camp dates coming up in 2012:
21th – 28th January 2012 : Performance Lab
28th January – 4th February 2012 : ACME Off Piste Snowboard Camp
3rd March – 10th March 2012 : Freestyle Camp
31st March – 7th April 2012 : Just 4 Girls Snowboard Camp
Check out http://mintsnowboarding.com/camps-courses/ for more info.
The most anticipated snowboard movie of the year is coming to Morzine!
The Art of FLIGHT, sequel to the much acclaimed That’s it That’s All, is making an appearance on the big screen in Morzine thanks to the determination of the guys at Just Snowboard Camps (Mint Snowboarding’s sister company) and the help of Quiksilver. Join us at the Morzine cinema to get closer to the action, live the grandeur of the locations and feel the scale of the tricks, like you can never do at home.
All you need to know:
Where: Colibri Cinema, Morzine
When: Wednesday 14th December, doors open 7.00 pm (showing at 8.00 pm)
Goodies: from Quiksilver for the first 10 through the door
Tickets: Only 5 € !!! On the door
After Party: At the Cavern. Hand your ticket in to get a FREE shot!
For those of you who haven’t heard about the Art of Flight, it is equal parts action and adventure mixed with the inevitable drama encountered along the way. Two years in the making “The Art of Flight” gives iconic snowboarder Travis Rice and friends the opportunity to redefine what is possible in the mountains. Experience the highs, as new tricks are landed and new zones opened, alongside the lows, where avalanches, accidents, and wrong turns strike. Immerse yourself in the cinematic experience as Brain Farm and their ever expanding arsenal of filmmaking technology, capture the dramatic beauty of the culture, wildlife and scenic landscapes the riders take in along the way.
We are happy to announce that as from this winter, Mint Snowboard School will be offering snowboard lessons in the resort of Chatel, part of the Portes du Soleil ski area.
The reputable Mint Snowboard School has been established in the resorts of Morzine, Avoriaz & Les Gets since 2006. This winter one our team of top qualified British snowboard instructors will be based out of Chatel, for the 2011 – 2012 winter season. Mint offers a range of tuition, including private lessons, group courses, freestyle coaching, off-piste guiding, avalanche safety & awareness and much more. We teach all levels, from total beginners to training instructors and advanced freestyle coaching. For more information on the range of instruction we offer check out our website on snowboard coaching in the Portes du Soleil.
If you are a local Chatel tour operator reading this, please get in touch for more information on Mint Snowboard School. We will be happy to meet you and bring around flyers etc.