Here at Mint we want to make sure we are seeing the raddest seasonnaire snowboarders coming from Morzine Avoriaz so decided we wanted to offer some help!
Maybe you want to get to grips with flatland tricks, butters, 180’s, nollies and ollies. Perhaps the half pipe is where your aspirations lie? Or could slaying the rails and boxes be your forte? Whether it’s half pipe, kickers or jibbing the piste we have a weekly offering for you!
Just €40 for a 3 hour session* taking place on Friday afternoons at 1pm in Avoriaz.
- January 17th – Half Pipe
- January 31st – Girls only
- February 7th – Flatland tricks and jibbing the piste
- February 14th – Boxes & Rails
- February 28th – Jumps and spins
Get in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
*Class minimum of 5 and maximum of 7. Full payment must be made within 24 hours of receiving payment request email to confirm your booking.
Butta; how did it all start?
Butta is a UK company taking the snowboard world by storm. Jim, Co-owner of Butta came up with Butta’s own, eco friendly recipe in a ‘laboratory’ in his Dad’s garage! It doesn’t get much more home grown than that!
Jim had been a technician in servicing workshops for many years both in the UK and in France, waxing boards and skis all day every day, breathing in toxic fumes, never wearing a mask or having much ventilation. Jim says, ‘I would leave the workshop everyday feeling really bad, I had headaches, nausea, felt like I had been getting high all day and never wanted to go out. I was always tired, I didn’t want to go snowboarding, so I decided to look into the medical side effects of the products I was using and came across a study from California.
The study explained the dangers of fluorocarbons and the symptoms. They were the same symptoms that I had, nausea, vomiting, headaches, muscle fatigue, and even things like short-term memory loss and lowering your sperm count. I was about to turn the ripe old age of 30 and didn’t need any help with that! The study also advised a half hour exposure limit to fluorocarbons in any 8 hour shift which is enforced in the USA. So I had to question why I was exposing myself to this for 8 hours a day!
The study spurred me on and I set out on a little mission to find out about different eco waxes, I looked at what an eco wax was, what the difference was, how they rode on the snow and I never found one that I liked. This was when I decided to take over my Dads garage and turn it into a laboratory. This was the start of Butta. With my C in GCSE science it was not as easy as I thought it would be, however, 6 months later I came out with my first recipe, which is the Butta original.
Butta was never actually meant to go to market. It was really just for myself to use in my workshop but now, after 2 years we are stocked in over 80 shops in the UK, 3 of us still hand make every block (6,000 in the last 2 months).
My hope is that we are going to get rid of those fluorocarbon waxes, the ones that never bio degrade, the ones that people are leaving in the mountains every winter, very similar to throwing a cigarette but off the chair lift, it will stay there forever and add to that the damage to your body.’
If you are interested in joining Jim’s campaign to keep our mountains fluorocarbon free then check out www.butta.co.uk and take a look at their eco friendly products.
Butta essential tips
It’s super easy to wax you own board, read on for some tips to save you money and a step by step guide!
- You don’t need an expensive waxing iron. You can get a value iron for around £4 (in 2 years we are on our 3rd one and at times have waxed 1,500 boards in a week!)
- A keyboard stand from ebay will work well as a waxing stand. We pay around £15 instead of £120!
- Add some BMX handle grips to your keyboard stand for stability at about £5
- The Butta Service Kit gives you everything you need except the iron and stand
How to wax your board: Step by step
1 – Remove old wax from your board using the Green stuff cleaner. It’s totally eco friendly and easy to use. Never wax a board before cleaning it first
2 – Plug your iron in and have it on medium heat
3 – Holding your block of wax against your iron, drip the appropriate amount along your board evenly
4 – Evenly Iron the wax onto the base, making sure the iron is on a medium heat and never left in one place for too long
5 – One the wax has ‘set’, use your scraper to remove all excess wax. Always scrape from tip to tail.
6 – Using your brush, polish your board until the base is smooth and free of excess wax.
Keep an eye out for more tips from Jim at Butta on how to fix scrapes and dinks!
Recommend a friend and take home a pair of Anon goggles!
Our facebook friends will have seen the snow falling at Mint hq already so it’s only fair we get you even more excited about winter and tantalise you with our amazing snowboard camp deal!
From now until November 30th we have an incredible deal on our snowboard camp bookings! If you book before the deadline and get a friend to book with you, you will both receive 50€ off your booking*! As if that isn’t enough, you will also receive a pair of Anon goggles** just for bringing along your buddy!
Mint snowboard camps cater for beginners through to advanced, from piste to park, pipe and powder we have everything covered. Kick start your winter with the ever popular December Shred Progression camps to get your shred ahead of the game, or join the Burton Experience snowboarding programme which caters for those of you wishing to strap on a board for the first time. For riders with some weeks already clocked on the board we offer everything from a freestyle camp, to a backcountry shred week and a splitboard adventure camp. Try something new and keep entertained, progressing and having fun!
Have a look on our snowboard camp page on the Mint website for more information.
See you in the snow soon!
*Discount will be applied when balance is paid in full before the offer deadline
**First come first served basis based on payment in full and subject to stock availability
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 (email@example.com) or telephone (01337 860 079) the Peak Leaders office.
Just Snowboard Camps & Mint Snowboarding are stoked to announce a new collaboration with the Keep a Breast Foundation (www.keep-a-breast.org).
The Keep A Breast Foundation™ is a non-profit organization that uses art, events & educational programs to raise awareness of methods of prevention and early detection of breast cancer among young people. Their mission is to help eradicate breast cancer by exposing young people to methods of prevention, early detection and support as well as inspiring young people to adopt lifestyle choices that have long-term health benefits.
There will be two Just 4 Girls snowboard camp weeks running in association with Keep a Breast this winter:
- 11th – 18th December 2010, Just 4 Girls
- 2nd – 9th April, Just 4 Girls (Progression week)
Proceeds from the camps will be going to this very worthwhile charity and campers will receive info packs including a Breast Self Exam cards, as well as receiving a trendy bracelet from the ‘I ♥ boobies’ campaign. There will also be the option of becoming a member of the KAB Foundation.