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Interview with Team GB Snowboard Star, Billy Morgan

clock 5th February 2014 | comment0 Comments

As far as the UK goes for competitive snowboarding, they don’t get much bigger than Team GB favourite Billy Morgan. He picked up his first snowboard at the age of 14 in Southampton’s Alpine centre , and shot to fame in 2011 after performing a world’s first triple rodeo flip (to you and me, a triple backflip).

It’s been 2 years, 6 world cups and some costly injuries, but the young slopestyle hopeful achieved his goal of qualifying for Sochi 2014 by being in the top 30 in the world whilst meeting the UK’s quota.

With favourites such as Shaun White (US) and Torstein Horgmo (Norway) out of the competition, it leaves Morgan tipped to bring back the gold for Great Britain, in an event filled with tricks and huge air.

Igluski caught up with him.

What kind of training is involved for freestyle snowboarding?

For most of the year it’s all about getting the hours in on your board, working on different tricks, filming and having fun etc. But when the days are good it’s time to get to work. I’ll try and treat the day like a competition day, get to big tricks as fast as possible, repeat them and then the time for progression presents itself. It's then that you can start to work on putting extra things on your big tricks.

Do you have a favourite ski resort?

I like Breckenridge to ride and Morzine or Mayrhoffen to Party.

Bucket list riding location?

Alaska, Japan, Park city and Jackson Hole.

You were recently injured in training, how has your training changed to get back on the board?

I did have a bad fall in September at a snow dome in the UK. I fully ruptured my ACL and MCL which I thought ended my route to Sochi. But I spent two months with a good team of specialists in rehab working hard every day. I got back snowboarding in December.

You recently posted back to back triples on a practice at the X-games, how did the knee feel?

Ahh that was a mental day, I didn't make finals but was training in case someone dropped out as I had the reserve spot. I got my run down and my coach urged me to try it. I knew I needed to at some point so gave it a wang. The knee was absolutely fine. It’s been pretty good since Christmas, just takes a run or two to warm it up haha.

What do you do to relax before competition?

Straight after I’m stoked to just get down the hill and jam with my friends, it all depends on where I am. I love a bit of table tennis.

What are you most looking forward to at Sochi 2014? Any other events you’re keen to watch?

I’m not sure what to make of it all, I’m stoked to watch the other guys on the team compete and really want to see the figure skating down in Sochi. Mad respect for that lot.

Any tricks up your sleeve you’re saving for Sochi?

Sadly no, I haven't saved anything crazy. Maybe I should have.

Check Out Billy Morgan's Triple Rodeo, here

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, 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.

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