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Introducing Geneve Designs

clock 3rd February 2014 | comment0 Comments

Ski fashion has come a long way in its 200 year history. From fluorescent jumpsuits to skin-tight Lyrca and baggy tall tee’s, the slopes have been a tell tale sign of social trends through the ages. Who knows what 2014 may hold, but for now we've found a unique company we are loving, who combine modern ski wear technology with classic vintage ski resort posters, which reflects these changing fashions. The best news is, we have one to give away!


Geneve Designs

Founded in 2002 in Boulder, Colorado, Neve Designs was created to bring high performance and quality craftsmanship together with sustainable fibres to form garments which are not only stylish, but built to last. Already selling their garments at specialist ski shops and fashion boutiques in North America, Australia and Europe, their next aim is to conquer the UK, with the help of Manchester-based Geneve Designs.


Geneve founder Chris commented: “Neve Designs is a fashionable yet extremely functional range, bringing elegance to the slopes and style to après ski! We are proud to represent Neve Designs in the UK.’


Geneve’s current collection is a range of colourful, vintage-style baselayers, which come in a range of ten different designs, some of which feature the popular resorts Chamonix, St. Anton and Courchevel. Each baselayer is crafted from Merino Wool, Silk and Spandex and is designed to move with you like a second skin, always restoring its original shape. The ‘Amo Neve’ design features a round neck, whilst the other pieces in the collection feature a high neck with adjustable zip fastening. As of February 2014, only the baselayers are available in the UK, however as of 2014/15 a wider range of garments and accessories from the collection, which Chris describes as ‘timeless and contemporary’, are set to become available.


We spoke to Chris to ask him a few more questions about the brand…


Geneve Designs

The baselayers feature some really eye-catching designs, which have a different look and feel to a lot of sports garments currently on the market. Tell us a little more about these pieces.

The Vintage Collection available exclusively for the 2013/4 season on notonthehighstreet.com, is inspired by iconic mountain imagery. Neve’s popular Vintage Collection features original artwork celebrating ski destinations around the world. Hand printed and available in limited quantities these have been worn by numerous celebrities wanting to stand out on the slopes this season.

In the words of Tom Irvine, CEO of Neve Designs, ‘the brand’s unique design aesthetic blends ski fashion elegance with the latest trends in ready-to-wear, to create pieces that are equally at home on the streets of New York as they are Aspen.’


What is your favourite thing about the brand?

My favourite thing about the brand is that the collection incorporates unique technical performance fabrics that are comfortable and easy to wear every day. They are a change from the normal base layers and allow people to bring style to the slopes.


Do you have a favourite piece from the collection?

My favourite piece is the Switzerland top, it’s red and is really bold so it stands out. It’s also one of our bestselling items, which helps!


You are planning to expand your collection soon – does this mean there will be a range for men too?

We are working with Neve Designs to create some exciting pieces ready for next season which will be for both men and women.


Are you planning on selling the collection in stores as well as online?

The collection will be in Snow + Rock from September 2014 as well as other stores - watch this space!


Finally, are you a keen skier / snowboarder yourself and, if so, do you have a favourite resort?

I am a very keen skier and my favourite resort has to be Beaver Creek, Colorado.


You can find Geneve Designs online at Not On The High Street or through their website, which is due to be launched soon.


Facebook Competition
To celebrate this unique design hitting the UK, we have a baselayer worth £99 to give away to one lucky winner. Like and share this image on Facebook for your chance to win! The competition runs until next Friday 12pm.



Love Après? We Interviewed a Manager at La Folie Douce...

clock 28th January 2014 | comment0 Comments

Your friend is knocking on your chalet door. It’s 8.15am, and you’re exhausted from yesterday’s ski/snowboarding session, but you get up regardless. You open the curtains, and to your delight, it’s a bluebird day - fresh powder snow has fallen overnight. After a few hours of ripping it up, you grab a bite to eat and a hot chocolate. You hear a quiet droning noise in the background, and as you get closer to the sound, you see arms waving in the air and the sound of champagne popping. The next 3 hours are a wonderful blur.

Sound familiar? You’ve probably been to La Folie Douce.

The legendary après chain was dreamt up in 2007 in Val D’Isere – at the time, it was a brand new concept, allowing people to enjoy open-air clubbing in the snowy mountains at high altitudes. The smaller Val Thorens branch opened in 2009, and has since seen notoriously high-octane parties from 2-5pm.

We caught up with Leonor Aublin, a manager at La Folie Douce in Val Thorens…

There are 4 versions of La Folie Douce, which started in Val D’Isere - How does Val Thorens differ from the other 3 branches?

Firstly, we are in Val Thorens. A young and international resort, well known for being the biggest ski domain and its partying atmosphere. Therefore it attracts a crowd between 20 – 30 years old that has the energy to ski and party intensely… Faced to this audience, we have to be up to the task. And our artists know perfectly how to bring a crowd to peak excitement.

“The PartyMakers” composed of DJ Lyrics, Mister Fluo, Caps and saxophonists Fabien Kisoka and Laurent Audinos go from 2PM to 5PM every day of the week. Secondly, our Folie Douce differs by size; it is smaller, thus cosier.

What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever seen on the terrace?


I’ve never seen anything strange, but I can say that people surprise me every day… whether it be a lady the age of my mother having the time of her life dancing on the table, a kid with the best dance moves, guys writing love messages on their backs for the singer and of course the most creative fancy dress costumes I’ve seen in my life!

What happens at the venue over summer?

We’re closed!

What’s the highest bar bill you have ever had, and what was that customer like?

I couldn’t really say, We’d have to go dig up all the receipts! All I can say is that, what I love about this place is that it’s for all types of wallets. You can come have a beer or go crazy in the VIP spraying Jeroboams of Champagne on the crowd…

Finally, what are the top 3 events you are most looking forward to at La Follie Douce this season?

The Closing Party on the 27th April
The Eletro Carnaval on the 4th March
And the whole Danish week which is always insane


If you want to be dancing on the table tops in Val Thorens this year check out our latest ski deals for Val Thorens.


An Interview with The Jump star Marcus Brigstocke.

clock 27th January 2014 | comment0 Comments

“Be careful about conclusions you draw about people you’ve never met. I looked at the list of people and I was like, man, are you serious? This for a month? I’m actually a bit ashamed of that”.

Like most comedians, funny man and snowboarding enthusiast Marcus Brigstocke is not largely known for his frank, philosophical remarks. Many will recognise the serial satirist from Have I Got News For You or Love Actually, whereas ski and comedy fans may know him from setting up the hugely successful Altitude Comedy Festival in Mayrhofen, Austria, near Innsbruck where The Jump is set.

It seems the new show is bringing out a wonderful, softer side to him rarely seen with professional comedians. Obviously inspired by his experience so far, he was keen to tell me a story about his familiarity to snow sports before joining the show.

“You know I used to ski years ago, and stopped all that for snowboarding which is easier and more fun. Big spongy carpet slippers, only one piece of equipment to worry about...”

“There was a day that was both devastating and awesome in equal measure. My 9 year old son worked incredibly hard all week at ski school in Val D’isere. ‘I’m gonna bring you down The Face , one of the greatest ever downhill courses. I started picking up speed, and he stayed right with me. Then I was going pretty much as fast as I can go, and he said ‘am I alright to go now dad?’ and he just shot past me. It’s devastating.”


Contestants, including Essex girl Amy Childs and Olympic hero Steve Redgrave, have been training hard with Warren Smith and former Team GB skeleton racer Amy Williams. It tests celebrities on Winter sport disciplines, including downhill ski and the bone-shatteringly scary skeleton bob, in which they slide down a course head first. But scariest of all is apparently ‘the jump’ itself.

“The Jump is other worldly in terms of how scary it is. If you ski, you’ve probably done small kickers or little off-piste jumps, maybe hit a mogul with a bit of enthusiasm. This is different. Your ski’s get slotted in rails, and you can’t see anything you’re going to land on until you’re above it and in the air. I’m not an adrenaline junkie or anything like that…” “When I landed it I punched the air, and as soon as I was on my own, I felt tears stream down my face. I just turned to jelly and started crying. Unlike many of the other contestants, I’m still scared of the jump in a very visceral kind of way.”

“Darren Gough, Laura Hamilton and Anthea Turner are fast becoming very good jumpers. Sinitta put skis on her feet for the first time a few weeks ago, and she’s been off the jump. She’s a lovely lady, but she’s not what you think of as a daredevil, adrenaline junkie or whatever - She does it with quiet determination. Same with Amy Childs, star of reality world. She learnt to ski a few weeks ago. The first day she put speed skis on, and coach said, ‘point down, tuck down, build your speed’, and she just nailed it. The video you see of her going ‘oh my god, oh my god’ – she gets a lot better than that.”


The mere thought of Sinitta or Amy Childs scorpioning themselves in the head or face-planting the snow may sound like comedy gold for some sniggering viewers. But not for Brigstocke, who seems to have taken a shine to his new group of buddies.

“I’m not here to collect stories on the people here. I’ll be interested to see how facing fears affects the next few stand up shows I do.”

“Stand up is about exploring ideas in a fearless kind of way, but it’s a bit different to physical danger. But yeah there’ll definitely be material, if only making reference to the race suit they’ve got me in. Not a good look for a man of my size.”


To many fans of Altitude, this “new material” could make an appearance at the next festival in March.

“I can’t wait. A bunch of clowns up in the mountains, jumping around on our boards during the day, jumping around on stage at night... I’m out of the business side of Altitude now which suits me better. It makes me so proud that the festival is out there. This is for skiers and comedy lovers.”

It’s not been all about the laughs though on set. Any sport that instigates fear of this magnitude has an element of danger – viewers may have been disappointed to see a few rumoured contestants missing in the live show on Sunday night.

“There’s a couple of injuries I can’t tell you about, because we’re not sure how It’s going to affect taking part in the show. But I can tell you we’ve had Sam Jones (Flash Gordon) have his entire shoulder rebuilt. Then we have 2 broken bones possibly 3, bruising like I’ve never seen on anybody, and a ruptured hamstring I can confirm I’m in good shape though.”

Injuries aside, it seems the show has brought an otherwise misfitting group of celebrities together, in what could turn out to be a great bit of TV. I ask Brigstocke what he has learnt since starting the show;

“On a serious note, fears overcome makes you feel very good and those things are worth pursuing. On a further philosophical note – be careful about conclusions you draw about people you’ve never met. I looked at the list of people, and I was like, man, are you serious? This for a month? I’m actually a bit ashamed of that. These are actually really awesome people. I’ve shared with them some profound moments of overcoming some full-on fears. Oh, and I’ve learned to skeleton bob.”

…and the golden question. CAN HE WIN?

“It is possible. I’m not a very good jumper. Ultimately it comes down to that. With the other disciplines, I’m in the top 3. To play for the win is not what the cool boys do. I wanna win, I wanna get to the final.”

http://www.blogdash.com/full_profile/?claim_code=a6219807d245d5f3d2efcb146878a582 - Danny, Igluski.com


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