Tammy Esten and Giulia Rocco are stoked to be hosting the Girls Snowboard Camp in Morzine for winter 2023! Expect great vibes, lots of laughs and a rad time snowboarding around the Portes du Soleil.
MINT Snowboarding founder Tammy Esten has been snowboarding (the world over) for over 20 years and has been coaching professionally for 18 years. In 2005, she became the first British, female snowboard instructor ever to be awarded the highly regarded ‘Carte Professionnelle’ allowing her to teach snowboarding at the highest level in the French Alps. In 2006, Tammy founded the highly successful MINT Snowboarding in Morzine, and still to this day remains the only British female Snowboard School director. With her roots firmly in the UK snowsports industry, she was a ROXY ambassador & has a wealth of experience coaching female snowboarders of all ages & abilities. She has a whole world of knowledge from both her personal riding & teaching experience. And it’s because of this, mixed in with her being a super friendly & fun lady, that we think she’s the best female snowboard instructor out there! And now she wants to share all of this with you!
Giulia Rocco is the empress of freestyle snowboarding, a fully fledged yoga guru, surfer and an all round awesome, happy instructor! Guilia started out on snow at the tender age of 2 years old, we can forgive her parents for starting her on skis as they did finally see the light and accepted snowboarding was Guilia’s true life’s passion, so at age 12 she ditched the skis to slide sideways. Giulia says “I love freestyle! I am in love with the sensation of flying. The air in my face, the ground missing under my feet. It’s for me one the best feelings in the world.”
Tammy and Giulia will work with you throughout the week on and off-piste to develop your technical riding and build your confidence and in all areas of your riding. Of course the aim of the week is to progress your riding to the next level, but you will achieve this whilst having fun, making new friends, and sharing an epic holiday with a group of likeminded females who all have a passion for snowboarding.
The Girls Snowboard Camp is tailored specifically for females at Improver, Intermediate or Advanced levels, who want to develop their technical snowboarding skills all over the mountain. The main focus of the coaching throughout the week will be on technical progression with opportunities to develop your off-piste riding & freestyle skills.
NEW for winter 2022/23 we are excited to be partnering with Northstar Chalets who will be providing the accommodation on our snowboard camps in Morzine. Northstar run 3 fantastic catered chalets located in central Morzine. With Northstar you can expect the warmest welcome and the comfiest chalets, along with fabulous food. For full details on the accommodation included in the girls snowboard camp see below.
Tammy & Giulia have created a fun and engaging complementary evening program which aims to compliment the on snow day activities and coaching. This includes video feedback sessions to further improve your performance on snow and yoga sessions run by Giulia to allow you to stretch and unwind after a day on the mountain.
This camp runs for 1 week. It includes 5 half days of on snow coaching and a free day to practice your skills.
Coaching Group size: Max 6 (min 4)
Throughout the week you will learn and progress all aspects of your riding with a small group of girls of a similar riding level. Focusing on developing your core riding technique to progress your technical riding which will directly translate to improvements in your all mountain riding. Evening activities including snowboard specific pilates sessions and video feedback coaching which will all add to improve your snowboarding.
If you are a lower intermediate to advanced level snowboarder who is looking to build your confidence and to progress your technical, off-piste and freestyle riding all whilst hanging out with like-minded female riders, then this is the perfect snowboard camp for you. A minimum of 2 weeks snowboarding experience is required for this snowboard camp.
Fitness Level 2/5: An average level of fitness required to enjoy this course to it's fullest
Below is a description of the skill levels suited:
Level 3. Lower Intermediate
You are happy linking turns on most runs both consistantly and confidently, although sometimes coming into difficulty on steeps or challenging snow conditions. You wish to ride the whole mountain and find new challenges. We’ll give you the techniques to make your riding more dynamic, start carving your board, learn a few tricks and even take you off piste.
Level 4. High Intermediate
You are an experienced snowboarder, competent riding the whole mountain, in almost all snow conditions and terrain types. Even if you’re content with what you’re riding, a session with an top level instructor can help you enjoy it even more … and chances are you’ll find out there’s still plenty left in the tank. It’s time to increase your performance, dominate the mountain, master new tricks and venture further off piste.
5 half days of coaching in small groups. The group will be split into 2 with daily course content being varied depending on group riding level.
Day 1: Advancing riding technique. Tammy will build on your existing skills by analysing your riding and then focusing coaching where you need it most. Including equipment advice and optimising your setup.
Day 2: Coaching you in the movement skills which will enable technical progression and increase your board performance. Tammy will also film your riding (with zero pressure!) so she can analyse your riding and coach you based on your specific needs.
Day 3: You will implement the skills and techniques gained over the previous 2 days across a range of terrain and tasks to progress your riding. The aim is to enable you to use your equipment effectively and develop a fluid riding style all over the mountain.
Day 4: Introducing freestyle skills both in and out of the snow park, including switch riding.
Day 5: Off-piste riding. Tammy loves powder!!! She will take you beyond the lifts into ungroomed snow to further advance your riding technique on natural terrain and varying snow conditions. Backcountry adventure down Vallée de la Manche for advanced group. Similar adventure, if less challenging, for lower group.
Accommodation for the Girls Snowboard Camp 2023 will be provided by the wonderful Northstar Chalets. Northstar are a small independent chalet company offering exceptional service in their chalets located in the centre of Morzine.
With the fully catered chalet experience, you can make the most of your time on the mountain and enjoy a real snowboard holiday. The Northstar chalets are all centrally located, meaning you can either walk to the slopes or jump on a free shuttle bus, depending on where you are heading that day. No waiting around for shuttle runs, means more time on the slopes or in the hot tub!
Shared rooms are with other solo travelers joining the camp in same sex, twin rooms.
7 nights catered chalet accommodation in central Morzine (see accommodation section for more info)
With either Tammy Esten – a fully qualified BASI ISTD snowboard instructor or one of our other awesome MINT female instructors (3 hrs / day)
To help analyse your riding and consequently understand how to make appropriate changes
Focused towards snowboard stance & alignment
To avoid wasting time in queues at the lift pass office, Northstar can arrange your lift pass for you and deliver it to your chalet upon arrival. You will need a full Portes du Soleil ski pass.
For rentals we recommend The Woods snowboard shop. The Woods stocks high end demo boards as well as Burton Learn to Ride equipment, perfect for beginners & improvers.
We highly recommend booking through Skiidy Gonzales, who offer our clients a 10% discount. Book well in advance to avoid disappointment.
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