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Whatever aspect of your riding you want to improve one to one private lessons are the quickest way for you to learn and to progress. From complete beginner looking to learn the basics of snowboarding to advanced riders who want to polish up their technique or focus on a specific aspect of their riding, individual one to one private lessons allow you to dictate the pace and content of your lessons.

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Whether you are a complete beginner or an advanced snowboarder you will see significant developments in your riding throughout the week on one of our technical camps and courses.

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Our Technical camps and courses are run throughout the winter season and are a great way to meet people, make new friends and develop your snowboarding. If you are not sure if this is for you then why not give us a call or send us an email and we can discuss what will work for you.

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Progressing your freestyle riding never stops! From a 2 hr lesson to focus on specific tricks through to a full week of coaching, our instructors will work with you to advance all aspects of your Freestyle riding.

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Avoriaz is considered a hub of European snowboarding and has 5 snowparks including the Burton Stash and a superpipe. There are a further 8 parks across the rest of the Portes du Soleil.

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The Woods Snowboard Shop
132 Rue du Bourg
74110 Morzine
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At MINT Snowboarding we have been teaching kids aged from 3 years old to snowboard for over 12 years. We aim to create a fun and engaging environment for your kids to learn to snowboard. From complete beginner to fully fledged little ripper, our private and group lessons are the perfect way for you kids to learn to ride.

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If you want to get off-piste and hike or splitboard tour into the backcountry to ride epic powder lines then you should be riding with us.

We have a huge choice of backcountry off-piste adventures in the Portes Du Soleil, the Grande Massif and Chamonix for you to choose from. 

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MINT Snowboarding since 2006. World Snow Award Winners in 2016 & 2017!

FIRE AND BRIMSTONE SNOWBOARDING IN JAPAN

snowboard asahidake

 

On our Powder Safari snowboard trip to Japan last winter we were lucky enough to have an opportunity to hike and ride Mount Asahidake, an active but dormant volcano and the highest mountain on Hokkaido.

The volcano last erupted in 1739 and the local government is pretty confident it won’t erupt any time soon, which is why they built a cable car at the base of the volcano. The Asahidake Ropeway cable car, rises from an elevation of 1100m to 1600m which leaves 600m of height gain to reach the summit of the volcano at just shy of 2300m.

This wasn’t a splitboard trip so we rented snowshoes and poles, strapped our snowboards to our backpacks and readied ourselves for the steady hike to the top. With a bluebird sky we left the cable car and started to make our way through the lower section of the volcano, we took the ‘normal’ route (right hand side in the picture) which takes you through the field of steaming fumaroles passing swirling clouds of volcanic gas. It’s hard to describe or imagine the power of these vents, insanely noisy, hot and stinking of rotten eggs, the hot gas comes belching out from deep within the belly of the earth. 

 

 

After the steam vents the hike itself was fairly steady going without any real difficulty. Spirits were high as we made our way higher and higher. The volcano is quite a tourist attraction so there was a steady stream of people hiking up, but few people with skis or snowboards. From the ascent ridge we could see some cool descent lines and the crater was still reasonably untracked. Nearing the top the wind picked up and the temperature started to drop but the team were making rapid progress and soon we were at the summit. 

From the top we had a stunning clear view to the horizon of the North of the island, dotted with volcanoes, mountains, trees and tons of snow, this is an outstanding area for a backcountry splitboarding trip, I’ll have to keep that in mind for the future.

At some point in its life the volcano erupted and blew out the full side of the caldera, this meant we could snowboard down into what was the bottom of the crater and right through the steam vents we passed on the way up. Photos at the top done, we went about strapping in and getting ready to drop the 1200m of descent back to our car. With the open crater and its steaming vents below us, dropping in felt pretty surreal, like something from the opening scene of a James Bond movie. Needless to say myself and the team exited the crater beaming from ear to ear. Riding the crater was definitely the highlight of the day but we still had another 600m of powder and tree riding ahead of us, the fun wasn’t over yet. 

The hype about snowboarding in Japan is absolutely justified, but snowboarding an active volcano on top of the week of epic powder, tree riding, CAT boarding, amazing food, and hot spring Onsens, this adventure was without a doubt the icing on the cake for me.

We have a few spaces left for the Hokkaido Powder Safari in January 2020 so if you want to tick Japan off your snowboarding bucket list why not join us.

 

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