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This year one of the most successful athletes in the world of winter sports has the chance to be nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. She may not be an Olympian and she competes in a sport that may not be as fashionable on the high street and football, Formula 1 or rugby but Jenny Jones deserves a nomination. Though the official nominations are not until November there is already a growing Facebook campaign for possibly the country's most successful snowboarder to gain a nomination.
Jenny Jones has had an incredible season for winter 2010. She has won both gold medals for the women's slopestyle in Winter X-Games held in Aspen and the first ever European X-Games in Tignes. This added to last year's gold in Aspen takes her to an unprecedented three X-Games gold medals in the sports premier competition.
Jenny has not only been successful over the past two seasons in the Winter X-Games but has plenty more gold medals to add to her collection including triumphs over the past seasons at the Burton US Open in Apsen, Burton European Open in Laax, the Roxy Chicken Jam, the Nissan Nippon Open and of course The Brits also held in Laax. Jenny Jones has also had several top 6 results in the TTR World Snowboard Tour since 2006.
Not only is Jenny a world class snowboarder she is great person too. If you are ever out in Morzine there is every chance you will bump into her on the slopes or at the Cavern with her friends and the usual resort locals. If the BBC Sports Personality of the Year was awarded on personality alone Jenny arguably has more charisma, charm and is more personable than Wayne Rooney, Lewis Hamilton and Kevin Pietersen put together.
If we can get the British snow sports fans behind Jenny Jones then we may get a more charismatic winner and someone we can relate to more than previous years gone by. Jenny Jones loves snowboarding, is highly influential in British snowboarding scene and is one of the top athletes in the world at her profession. If ever a snow sports enthusiast deserves to be commended for their achievements then Jenny Jones truly does.
Individuals looking to be well organised for the 2011 ski season have been given some guidance on the destination they may wish to head to, depending on what they most desire from the break.Tips from the T-List highlights the recommendations made by Eclipse Ski, referring to resorts that may best serve families, non-skiers and those looking for fun off the slopes.In terms of where couples with young children may wish to visit, Alpe D'Huez in France comes highly recommended.Alongside a top-quality ski school that will have children ready to take on the basic runs in no time, it is suggested that the slopes are well rounded to support skiers of all abilities.Furthermore, the inclusion of an outdoor ice skating rink and swimming pool when the weather is at its warmest may provide some alternate fun.The lift system is additionally recognised as being one of the best on offer within the Alps, with queues a rarity.For better skiers within the group, there is a large choice of blue and red runs, while one of the longest black runs in Europe can also be tackled.Groups that have individuals not interested in skiing are advised that a break in Vail in the US could offer the most in different activities."During the day there's dog-sledding, horse riding, snow tubing, ice skating, tobogganing and even an adventure entertainment centre at the top of the gondola," according to the news provider."For the evening there are endless restaurants and bars to relax in."Another place where evening entertainment is strong is the popular ski resort of Whistler, which recently hosted the 2010 Winter Olympics.The website highlights the Canadian location as the top apres ski venue, thanks to its selection of slope-side bars, clubs and restaurants.On the slopes, ski fans can benefit from both eight and ten-person gondola lifts to transport them to a range of runs, with choices ranging from gladed tree runs to steep chutes to bump runs.Meanwhile, visitors also have the chance to take in some fabulous scenery or have a stroll around the Whistler Village, which is lined with countless shops, restaurants and galleries.Snow should not be a problem either as nine metres of the stuff is received at the destination in an average winter.Written by Chris Smith
With the skiing season drawing to a close in the coming weeks, many fans of the piste may be looking into locations where they can enjoy a late break where snow is still present.However, because of lots of timely snowfalls over the winter, an article in the Daily Mail highlights that many destinations across Europe can be taken advantage of before the warmer weather of spring causes the final thaw.France, Switzerland, Austria and Italy, alongside other countries further afield outside of Europe, are all still providing excellent skiing opportunities.Val D'Isere and Tignes are rated as the top destinations in France, "where perfect groomed runs are complemented by 'go anywhere' spring snow conditions off-piste".Furthermore, it is suggested that snow on the lower slopes is set to become heavier over the course of the coming days to make an experience even more pleasing.Visitors to Val D'Isere can also expect to take advantage of fine facilities off the slopes, with the central town being cosmopolitan with a host of bars, restaurants and clubs.Young adults may opt to take in one of the hectic nightclubs after a taxing day on the slopes, while others may prefer chilling in a sports bar or listening to live music to relax.Meanwhile, Tignes may suit the more advance skiers, with countless black runs and off-piste challenges sure to keep minds ticking over.However, beginners have the choice between several free lifts and long sweeping runs to help develop their skills.In addition, guests can benefit from a modern sports centre in Tignes, which features a sauna, the chance to play squash and aerobics classes, while a bowling alley and cinema are only a short walk away.Val Gardena is suggested to be smart choice for those considering heading to Italy, with snow at a premium across much of the country and slush filling many of the pistes."In Val Gardena, blue skies and wonderful pistes have combined to provide exceptional ski conditions," the publication notes.Meanwhile, reasonable conditions are said to exist in Andorra despite the recent absence of any snow, while skiers are encouraged to stick to the groomed areas in Switzerland to benefit from the best of what is on offer.Written by Chris Smith
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