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An Interview with Katie Summerhayes, Team GB Slopestyle Skier

clock 11th February 2014 | comment0 Comments



You’ve had a pretty eventful year, what have been your highlights so far?

The highlight for me has been the X-Games, I think that’s the pinnacle that everyone wants to get to. Only eight girls in the world get invited. Just to get an invite is an achievement in itself and I was happy just to be there. I got a fourth. When I look back over my season that’s definitely the thing I was happiest with.

Congratulations

Thank you

Where is your favourite place to ski?

My favourite place to ski is Breckenridge in America, it has the best park in the world and also everyone from skiing & snowboarding is there so you can catch up with people you haven’t seen for a couple of months.

When you’re not on the slopes what can we find you doing?

I spend a lot of time in the gym and at the physiotherapist. Normally half my time when I’m not on the slope goes toward making me better on the slopes, a lot of trampolining. Apart from that I hang out with my friends a lot.

Who’s your hero?

Sarah Burke. She unfortunately passed away last year due to an injury in the half pipe but she’s the reason why girls get to compete in the X-games, and she’s one of the main reasons why we’re in the Olympics. She really pushed forward for that. When we’re all skiing at the Olympics everyone will be skiing for her.

Winter is just around the corner, what are your plans for the season?

My plans are to be back in Breckenridge at the start of the season for a couple of months and then really just follow the competition circuit where ever that takes us. Not too sure yet, it will probably be a different country every week but it’s cool.

If you could ski somewhere in the world where you haven’t been before, where would it be and why?

I think New Zealand, I haven’t managed to be there for their winter but that’s somewhere that everyone goes and I think it looks like a pretty cool place, so it sounds good.

It’s a very exciting time for British snow sports with the Olympics coming up, what are your hopes for the games?

Obviously I’d love to win a medal. I’m going to try and put the best run down that I can. I’ll try my hardest and hopefully I can. If I finish top ten or top five I’ll be happy. I just want to have fun and experience it and try and get the best result I can.

What do you think chances are for the British ski and board team to get medals?

I think we have a huge chance. There are loads of different athletes that are up with a chance of winning medals. Not just ski and snowboard but we’ve got loads of good skeleton people. I think this will be one of the best games that team GB have ever had. And that fact that slopestyle is in it for the first time and halfpipe skiing is going to be pretty cool. So I’m just looking forward to it.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.



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



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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