Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Ten commandments for seasonnaires

When doing a ski season its easy to get caught up in the bubble of it all. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

1) Thou shall not talk like this:

2) Never ask anyone out there what they do for their real job. Not everyone's life aspirations are to work in the city.
3) Thou shall not carry my skis like this:
 or this 
just carry them!

4) Thou shall not get goggle marks or worse still apply suncream to the inside of your goggles in order to gain better goggles marks. It is unbelievable but true, I have seen this done.
5) Thou shall not stand across the piste. Yes it makes for a wonderful photo but not a great piste for everyone else.
6) Thou shall not take the season drama too seriously. Its a small resort bubble, people get bored. Rise above it, get over it. 
7) Thou shall drink chalet wine. Yes, 1080's. Think dirt cheap chalet wine, cassis and lemonade in a pink glass- pure class.
8) You shall never wear a stupid hat....
like this..... and definitely not like this....

9) If in doubt thou shalt blame everything on the altitude. Why you're late for work, why you can't remember anything from last night and why you haven't contacted home in the past 5 months.
10) Thou shall remember that ski resorts are small. If you don't want everyone to know you did it don't do it.

Hope it helps!

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Big Events

With the Relentless Freeze festival kicking off the season this weekend at Battersea Power Station. I thought I would have a look a few of the snow events happening across Europe this winter.

Relentless Freeze 28-29th November, London, UK
Skiiers and snowboarders competing on a 32 metre high jump complete with 500 tonnes of real snow is pretty impressive considering it's central London. Combined with performances from The Streets, Groove Armada and Zane Lowe it's a great day festival and there's still tickets left.  Be warmed: apres session followed by the ski gear shopping tent can lead to an expensive day out.

Avoriaz Night Parties 28th Jan- February 10th, Avoriaz, France
The tourist office describes Avoriaz as the home to 'the biggest dance floor in the Alps' and events are common here with 5 mini festivals over the season ranging from jazz to cabaret to rock. This first event is mainly European dance and electro but there is also a free freeride competition if thats not your thing.

X-games  14th-16th March,Tignes, France
For the 3rd time ESPN brings the X-games to Tignes bringing the best of the world riders to complete against each other in events such as slopestyle and superpipe. The standard and quality of the competition is truly world class and the best thing about it? Its 100% free to watch. Last year 2 Many DJ's played in to thousands slope side, expect more of the same this year.

The Big Snow Festival 23rd-29th March, Kopaonik, Serbia
This is only year 2 of this festival and is apparently going to double in size for 2012 after joining forces with the team behind EXIT festival in Serbia. It is rapidly becoming fierce competition for Snowbombing as it's cheaper with a decent line-up. Last year was headlined by the likes of Devlin, Example and Wretch32.

The Brits 28th-25th, Laax, Switzerland
Its the competition featuring the UK's best skier and snowboarders compete in half pipe and Big Air. On the last day the hundreds of competitors battle it out en-mass from the top to the bottom of mountain in a matter of minutes, its carnage, Last year the apres sessions were headlined by Pendulum, no word yet on what's planned for 2012.

Altitude: 26th-31st March, Mayrhofen, Austria
Unlike all the other festivals on this post this is not a music festival or a ski competition it's a comedy festival in the Alps which personally I think is a genius idea. Headlined by the big names on the British comedy circuit such as Jimmy Carr, Frankie Boyle, Al Murray and Tim Minchin. There'll be no shortage of laughs and it's something a bit different to do in the mountains with a more chilled out vibe.

BUSC-The Main Event 24th-31st March, Saalbach, Austria
Organised by students for students. There's not a hell of a lot of information up on their website, well there's pretty much nothing. However it will include some surprisingly good student skiing and snowboarding as well as live music, previous acts have included DJ Switch and Jackwob.

Basscamp 2nd-6th April, Morzine, France
Morzine's electronic music and snowsports festival fuses boarder cross and rail jams with plenty of dance music this year nheadlined by Foamo. The most appealing thing about this festival is the back to the 80's street party on the last night complete with sound systems and plenty of neon onsies- sounds epic! 

Snowbombing 9th-14th April, Mayrhofen, Austria
Its the daddy of all ski festivals and proof that you don't need tents and mud to make a festival work. It's known for its big names and extreme and en-mass fancy dress. This years time up includes Prodigy, Example and Groove Armada with more and bigger acts to be named over the coming weeks. Expect a hell of a lot of dance music, outrageous outfits and buckets loads of jagermister.

I know that most of these events overlap and would be crazily expensive to go to all of them however if you are in a resort nearby they're definitely worth a visit. Are there any other ski festivals to note? Let me know.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Ride the Rainbow

There are so many different colours to choose from this season for salopettes and different fits that range from from baggy to slim. Absolutely no excuse for choosing something dull and ending up riding next to someone in the same gear. There are so many good ski and snowboard apparel brands out there; go beyond your local generic ski shop and mix and match.

Red: 686 
Pink: eleven
Orange: Special Blend 
Yellow: O'Niell 
Green: Roxy 
Blue: Horsefeathers 
Purple: Westbeach 
Brown: Bonfire 
Black: Burton 
Multi: Volcom