So, the first week of Easter I went on a Just Girls snowboard camp in Morzine, France. The camp was run by Mint Snowboarding, the camp included stay at a Mountain Mavericks Chalet and professional camping – more details can be found on the Just Snowboard website. After a train journey to Geneva Airport from Zurich I was met buy the driver for the Chalet, Chris was a whole heap of fun and the journey up to the chalet passed in no time. On arrival the other girls were in the chalet and I was greeted by canapés and bubbles
The Chalet was awesome, the food prepared by Ryan and Finn was great and wholesome and they dealt with my egg allergy really well, never making me feel like I was being a pain and making some awesome meals. The communal areas in the chalet were spacious and welcoming, especially the hot tub Luckily I got a room to myself, in the attic space of the chalet and this was great as long as I remembered to watch my head.
The course started on the Sunday – a half days lesson every day apart from Wednesday, then generally there was guided riding for the other half day. Dave our instructor from Mint was awesome, really thought about what we wanted to get out of the lessons and structured it so everyone got something from the lessons. We were lucky enough to get Jenny Jones coaching us for two half days, this was great to get a pro snowboarders perspective and we had such a giggle on the slopes. Most of our riding was done in Avoriaz and theres something here for everyone, the slopes although busy are varied, theres different levels of park and we even got a half day in the super pipe I never thought at the start of the week I’d be in the super pipe and that was down to the great coaching by Mint.
All in all I cant wait to head back next year If you want to have a look at some pics from the week you’ll find them here and here.
I also bought a new toy whilst i was away, a new board you’ll find pics in the sets.
Well, 2011 ended on a high with an insane amount of snow falling in Davos Klosters and 2012 started in much the same way, theres snow levels in the valley like I’ve never seen before. New years eve was an amazing day, 2ft of powder on the pistes and no one around to ride, this was followed by a great night out with Synergy Snowsports. The following weekend was the O’neill evolution big air contest in Davos with a great after party. Taking a week off in Jan is always a winner, pistes are quiet during the week and because of all the snow that had fallen pistes were in great condition. Another coaching session midweek with Synergy Snowsports made me feel 100 times better about my riding and was great to be out in the sun for a change after a lot of riding in the snow. Today, the snow started again, riding on Rinerhorn today the pistes were knee deep in fresh powder – another great day on the mountain, lets hope it carries on this way.
For some pics of Jan have a look here, pics of the season can also be found here.
I needed to get more confidence up with my snowboarding so I booked some coaching lessons with Synergy Snowsports based in Davos. I’d been in contact with Donnie via email arranging the lessons and went for two half day private lessons (after we’d been for a couple of beers on a previous night). We’d planned to meet at Parsenn but due to the weather switched this to Rinerhorn, a lesser known mountain in Davos, that due to it being a bus ride out of Davos and it being predominantly T Bars is a lot quieter than the main mountains…. (I hate drag lifts of all varieties). I’m very much a rider who needs to understand why I should be doing something and Donnie really helped with this, his explanations of what I should be doing and how my board reacted in certain situations really helped my understanding. He also really helped my confidence. After a day on the trainer T Bar and a run down to the valley my confidence on my board had increased massively and I was linking turns better than I ever had. After the lesson I then went onto a different mountain to see how I was on my own and was happily turning better than I ever had – successful Day 1
Day two I went on the lesson with two of my friends and we all got so much out of the day because the tips we were being given we’re things we can now just practice at any time. We’d been out on Rinerhorn again but the weather was very snowy, flat light and windy (I’m impressed with myself for being out in those conditions) due to this my confidence had dropped but by the end of the lesson I was happy again and can’t wait to get out in the snow again tomorrow to carry on practicing..
Rinerhorn really is a hidden gem, from not really going at all its now the place I head if the weathers bad – the valley runs are just awesome.
If you want a snowboarding holiday with coaching then I recommend getting a package through Synergy, if you’re already in Switzerland then give the guys a shout to book some lessons – next stop for me avalanche training and more private lessons
I never thought I’d say it but there can be too much snow… after snowing for pretty much 4 days I arrive in Klosters having a Friday off work hoping to hit the slopes. Checking the mountain status – they’re shut due to avalanche risk… they had to clear the danger before they could open.
Jakobshorn was the first to open so I head for the train to Davos – only to find that the sports train (an extra service that runs in the winter) were all cancelled… eventually I get into Davos and head to Jakobshorn – theres soo much snow but the pistes are in awesome condition and its stopped snowing.
Now the snow is back and theres limited runs open, the winds are gusting to over 100km/hr so I’m having a day at home – I have all season to play in the snow.
Sometimes I still can’t get over how changeable the weather can be… woke up this morning to a torrential downpour with thunder & lightening… that kind of scuppered our plans to head to Livigno biking… Instead we decided to go shopping in Chur shopping being one of our least favourite activities.. but needs must. On the way to Chur we saw the fresh snow on the mountains
Got back up to Klosters and yep the snow line was half way down the mountain…
give it another 30 mins and the sun is blazing and the temperature has increase by about 15 degrees…
John decided to take the dogs for a play in the snow