With less than 100 days to the Sochi Winter Olympics, excitement builds up as the first ‘London Snow’ event and Slide2Sochi Roadshow hits Covent Garden. If you missed our previous news blog on the event you can read more here Great Britain’s Halfpipe Snowboarder and Sochi 2014 hopeful Dom Harington was at the opening of London Snow and spoke to us about his journey to the Winter Olympics.
As the Slide 2 Sochi road show continues up and down the country, taster sessions were given on the 5 metre by 10 metre real slope by fully qualified instructors. Slide 2 Sochi has been set up to actively encourage people of all generations to get behind Great Britain’s winter sports athletes and participate in skiing and snowboarding ahead of Russia’s Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. With the emergence of a new generation of talented athletes the wait could finally be over for Team GB winning an Olympic medal in Ski or Snowboarding. With aims high and Slopestlye making its debut at the Olympics, Great Britain also hopes to smash the previous record of 4 medals at the 2014 winter games. Leading British Freeskiers and Snowboarders include:
For more information view the Slide 2 Sochi Roadshow Events By Krystelle
UK Snowboarder Jamie Barrow set the world indoor snowboard speed record at the weekend after reaching 69.4km/h at SnowWorld in Landgraaf.
Back in April Jamie broke the British Snowboard Speed Record Record down the Mont Fort Speed Track in Verbier after clocking a huge 151.60km/h.
Jamie chose to attempt this record at SnowWorld as it is the world’s biggest indoor snowdome with a massive 520 meter long slope.
Jamie was overjoyed to have broke another record and afterwards said, “I’m really happy with the result and the opportunity to both train and set another record. This has given me even more confidence to push my limits and hopefully set more speed records in the future.”
He added, “I hope this record will encourage others to attempt to beat it and go even faster. Without competition the sport wouldn't be where it is at the moment.”
This weeks top 5 comes from Krystelle, our Marketing Executive. Having worked in various ski resorts, she is the perfect person to tell us her top 5 ski resorts in France. Here is what she had to say:
J'adore la France, I love the food, I love the après and most of all I love the ski areas. It is all about the mountain for me, it has got to have an amazing ski, or should I say snowboard, area to keep me busy all day, everyday. These resorts have it all. If you are looking for the perfect ski holiday, you cannot go wrong with these incredible resorts.
5. Les Deux Alpes
The higher the resort, the better in my opinion. With an impressive snow record, the resort sits at 1650m and the ski area peaks at 3600m! Les Deux Alpes has an extensive ski terrain and snowboard friendly, with one of the best boardparks in Europe. Top tip: Hire an expert and explore the legendary off piste.
4. Flaine, Le Grand Massif
The Flaine Bowl is the perfect place to catch some powder without venturing too far off track. It may be a small town, but if your all about shredding and face shots then you have an extraordinary playground right here. Visit the Flying Dutchman for the liveliest night that you won't remember!
3. Meribel, Three Valleys
Ideally situated in the middle of the largest linked ski area in the world, Meribel is a fascinating resort for all. It is one of the most attractive ski areas, with its tree lines pistes and also has one of my favourite après spots, the Rond Point. I recommend staying in the higher village of Meribel Motteratt for stunning views of the mountains and ski in-ski out.
2. La Plagne, Paradiski
It's not just the family resort it's made out to be! I've had some of the best apres moments dancing on tables in La Plagne. It's a spectacular resort, packed with beautiful blue runs and Les Ars is just a stones throw away over the Vanoise Express with longer runs and a wider choice of red pistes. Stay in the village of Belle Plagne for the most stunning sunsets and skiing straight out on to the piste.
1. Tignes, Espace Killy
Tignes has everything, a huge range of slopes, a killer park, loose après, and beautiful mountain views. The more traditional alpine village of Val d'Isere just over the hill giving guests a massive 300km of piste to play on. With guaranteed snow on the glacier, your guaranteed an epic time in the Espace Killy ski area.
Continuing with our popular Top 5 blogs, this week is an exciting one!
We came up with the idea to do a top 5 ‘Glacier Resorts for Freeride and Summer Skiing’. There is no better person to do this than Ewa, our Commercial Executive and freeride enthusiast.
'These are my top 5 places to go for Summer/early and late season skiing. My favourite is Hintertaux - not only are there incredible places for freetouring but also you've got a chance to practise some gnarly tricks in the snowy Betterpark!'
Here is what she came up with:
The best thing about Hintertux is the lack of queues due to its super-fast lift-system! The real secret there is off piste! Amazing area for free-touring, practising slaloms for professionals from all over the world and there is plenty of activities that you can take part in after shredding the area on skis! Snowboarders and free-skiers certainly appreciate the year round freestyle opportunities at the Betterpark Hintertux at 3200m at the foot of the majestic Olperer Mountain and is a favourite meeting point for local riders as well as the international scene. For beginners I would advise friendly Hintertux Familypark. There are no two ways about it that Hinter is one of the highest freestyle-spots in Austria and is considered by many to be the best Snowpark in the Alps- Skieresort.de 2011 awarded it as a ‘Best Glacier Ski Resort WORLDWIDE’.
The Stubai Glacier reaches an altitude of 3300m and it goes without saying that it has fabulous views too! Long runs, very wide tracks and not crowded – best suited for beginners and intermediate skiers. Steep skiing can be very limited, therefore go to Freeride Stubai Centre and get some more info. It is worthy to consider hiring an experienced IFMGA guide, so you won’t miss getting to ‘Hinterer Daunkopf’ col! In fact, Stubai is incredible for both off-piste skiers and snowboarders. Besides, the location is very convenient by being close to Innsbruck Airport with several low-cost airlines flying there.
Not so many runs, however it is very decent particularly for the training purposes. It can be very crowded with the first three Bahns during October and November (full of professional skiers), then it gets more chilled and during the rest of season there are basically no crowds. Don’t miss Panorama run (very steep and icy- amazing for giant and downhill!). If you’re looking for gnarly places for freeride, spectacular views, friendly Tyrolian people, great value of money and no queues- Pitztal has it all! Only on the evenings there is not much going on, so if you’re after après ski, go to nearby Ischgl or Solden where skiing is amazing too – hey! It’s Austria!
4. Les 2 Alpes
It is the largest ski resort in the Dauphine region and is the second oldest ski resort in France, after Chamonix. If you’re looking for a good mix of great skiing, partying and extra activities in the afternoon, it is an excellent resort for groups of friends! The lower slopes down to the resort are steeper and more challenging than the higher ski areas, including the wide and forgiving glacier runs. In summer, Les Deux Alpes becomes a popular venue for downhill and freeride mountain biking. Hence, summer skiing in Les 2 Alpes takes place between 2800m and 3600m. Just during this time you will be queuing at 6am, and then due to plenty of runs, you won’t feel overcrowded at all. Also, the park is pretty sick with a setup that had something for every level!
The least crowded glaciers from all! Kaunertal has best setup in the Alpes for snowboarders and free skiers in autumn and spring. Apart from extra activities after skiing, there is not much to do in the way of après. However I love it! It is so chilled to get a proper slalom training there and also enjoy the Kaunertal Snowpark where snow is guaranteed from October until June.
Wow, after that we certainly wish we were out skiing right now! Stay tuned for next week's Top 5!
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