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To celebrate the upcoming winter season and the fact that we have set the dates for our busy snowboard course schedule for winter 2014/15, we are offering a DISCOUNTED RATE IF YOU GET BOOKED IN EARLY. Book by the end of August 2014 to get a reduced rate, see the individual course for details of the offer.

The Mint Snowboard Courses are the best way to progress your riding to the next level and give you a totally unique, fun focused coaching experience. Full days  are spent with one of our top level snowboard coaches ripping up the slopes of the Portes du Soleil showing & sharing how much fun can be had on a snowboard.

A unique range of courses are offered to provide a snowboard camp to suit everyone… whether your aims are to develop a strong riding style all over the mountain, ride epic backcountry lines or learn new tricks in the park. Check out the dates and get booked & paid up by end of August for the discounted rates!

*NEW* Beginners Snowboard Camp
15th – 19th December 2014

Shred Progression Intermediate
15th – 19th December 2014
5th – 9th January 2015

Shred Progression Advanced Camp
15th – 19th December 2014
5th – 9th January 2015

Freestyle Camp
19th – 23rd January 2015

Backcountry Snowboard Camp
12th – 16th January 2015

*NEW* Mixed Splitboard & Backcountry Course
16th – 20th March 2015

 

Join us for a fun & progressive week of getting totally amped on snowboarding!

 

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It’s 10th July and here in Morzine we have just had 4 days of non-stop rain and its been cold. This is very unusual for a summer in the French Alps, as normaly we would expect long periods of high pressure at this time, bringing endless sunny days and temperatures in the mid to high 20s. Instead we woke to the sight of snow in Avoriaz this morning! Is this the first snow of winter 2014/15?! Surely not!

We are forecast a few more days of rain and then back to glorious sun next week, phew! But in the meantime, a trip to one of the glacier resorts for some summer snowboarding could be in order!

Here are some photos from Avoriaz in the snow this morning and followed by webcam photos from other resorts in the French Alps, including Tignes, Les Deux Alps, Val Thorens & Meribel.

 

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Snow on the glacier in Les Deux Alpes, which is currently open for summer snowboarding…

 

Tignes in the snow which is also set for summer snowboarding on the Grande Motte glacier….

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Next is Val Thorens…

 

And finally the summit of Tougnete in Méribel.

 All this snow making you start thinking about a snowboard holiday for winter 2014/15? Why not join us on one of our snowboard camps in Morzine & Avoriaz!

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It seems that spring has sprung here in the Portes Du Soleil meaning we are really living up to the name!  Don’t worry there is more snow on the cards but whilst the beautiful bluebird days are here we should make the most of them!

Here are a few little pointers to make sure you get out on the slopes, snowboard every day but stay safe!

  • Many people think that because there is snow our risk of getting sunburnt is not as high, well have we got news for you!  The lovely snow reflects the sun between 70 and 90% depending on how new the snow is.  This means it’s really important that we use sunscreen as not only are we getting the UV rays from above but then it is reflecting back up at us from below!  If you want to find out what the UV Index for the day is  the you can check here for Avoriaz, Morzine, and Les Gets.

  • We all love the clean and clear mountain air making us feel fresh and alive, but did you know that because of the altitude we are at in the mountains and the clear air we are exposed to even more UV rays.
  • We always advise drinking lots of water when you are going out snowboarding as it’s really easy to become dehydrated which affects you in all kinds of ways (read our blog on nutrition for more information on this!) but it stands to reason that when it’s sunny and warm and you are being active you will really need to replace the fluids your body is losing!  Keep hydrated and it means you can shred all day long in the sunshine!
  • Just like by the beach or in the towns, the UV rays from the sun are strongest between 10am and 4pm.  Now this is likely to be your prime shredding time so make sure you either cover up or use a good sun screen that you can reapply throughout the day.

  • Finally, the UV Rays also affect your peepers! Did you know your eyes can get sunburnt too?  Yes that’s right, take all those rays from above and reflected rays from below, minus some good goggles or sunglasses and you can actually sunburn the front surface of your eyes.  If you have young children it is even more important to protect their eyes as they will be more vulnerable to the UV Rays.

So, we hope that has given you some food for thought as to why you should have a high factor, good quality sun cream and some good eye protection!  Now get out there and enjoy the amazing snow in the sunshine!

 

 

 

 

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So, with the winter olympics in Sochi drawing to a close we have seen a renewed interest in the freestyle element of snowboarding here at Mint.  This is awesome news as people want to try something new and progress but aside from recommending proper instruction we thought it would be a good idea to give you guys some insight into some rules when it comes to freestyle terrain, to keep yourself and others around you safe!

First up we will focus on the half pipe.  Unfortunately we don’t all have a pipe to ride to ourselves or someone standing at the top announcing our run so keeping everyone riding and safe is what’s important and we all have a part to play.  Take a look at how you can keep the half pipe and yourself safe!

Helmets

It’s really tempting when you see the pipe to just head straight on over there and throw yourself down it and it should absolutely be open for everyone to try, Shaun White had to start somewhere!  But!  We definitely recommend wearing a helmet when you ride the half pipe. In fact most half pipes will make this mandatory and you will know this by the sign just before you get to the pipe.

This chap is shocked you would even consider not wearing one in the Half Pipe!

Start Small

There are many ways to get into the pipe and if there is a smaller option and it’s your first time, we recommend you start small and work your way up to the bigger pipe.

Avoriaz recently added a smaller pipe just next to the Super pipe and it’s been really popular!

Be aware of what is going on – Dropping In!

There are many points you can enter or ‘drop in’ to the pipe and no matter where you are planning on starting from you need to make sure you look around you and see who is where and who looks like the might be ready to go.  In addition to this it’s important to let people know if you are intending to go.  There is an internationally recognised little code for this!  Half pipes have 2 sides to drop in from and you can also ride in from the ground level. You will notice if you hang around to watch for a while that normally one side goes and then lets the other side go and so on and so forth.  The signal to let someone know you are planning to drop in is simply putting your hand in the air and shouting ‘drop in,dropping in or next’, the person on the other side will acknowledge you and you know it’s safe to go.  If you are down on the ground level, join in!

It is well worth remembering to do this as you can pick up quite a bit of speed in the pipe and you do not want to meet someone coming the other way!

Here’s a little pipe diagram!!

 

Gauge your speed – Leave Space!

Get a good idea of how fast you are going in comparison to other people.  If you are quite slow then you can drop in around 2 hits into some else’s run and you won’t catch them up.  If you have someone slower than you in front then make sure you give them a good chance to get at least half way down the pipe before you go, you don’t want to catch them up!  It freaks them out, makes you slow your run and can be dangerous.

Rush hour…

 

Falling

We all fall at some point and it’s part of learning!  If you do fall, and are not hurt, gather up anything you may have lost and ride out of the pipe.  If you are winded and people are shouting to you, you can indicate you are ok by giving a ‘thumbs up’, if you are not ok and can signal or shout then let people know and they will come to you to help and make people aware they can not enter the pipe.  Sometimes this is not always possible so the best bet is, if you are ok, then get up and move out of the pipe.

So, to round up!

WEAR A HELMET

LEARN THE DROP IN SIGNALS

LEAVE SPACE

GET UP AND CLEAR OUT

Riding the half pipe is super fun and fast paced, keep your wits about you and get involved!!  

Pipe Dragon in action….

 

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Monday 3rd March 2014 to Friday 7th March 2014 – €495

Mint Snowboarding have been providing coaching in Morzine & Avoriaz in the Portes du Soleil for the past 8 years.  With instructors qualified to the highest international level, a dedicated snowboard only school and a desire to bring the best coaching possible to all that come through Mints doors it seems only fair to offer a coaching solution to the UK’s up and coming shredders in preparation for The Brits in Tignes, March 2014.

The Portes du Soleil offers some of the best snowparks in France. Avoriaz alone is home to 5 different snowparks, including the Burton stash and two halfpipes (one of which is a superpipe).  Elsewhere in Les Portes du Soleil is the renowned Super Park in Les Crozets and then the Nike sponsored park in Chatel, so the options are endless.

The Coaching

The week will consist of training in all freestyle disciplines but with special focus on slopestyle and halfpipe as well as general snowboarding technique to aid progression in the freestyle elements.

Prior to the camp we will discuss with all athletes their particular goals and what they would like to achieve from the week. This will enable us to structure to the coaching towards helping them achieve their goals.  Our group sizes are very small with a maximum of 6 per coach meaning we can tailor our coaching to meet each individuals needs.

The coaching will be on a daily basis for 5 hours per day and will aim to prepare the kids for the competition out in Tignes, whilst making sure they remember what snowboarding is all about… FUN!

With Mint, Fun and Progression are guaranteed.

 

Accommodation and Coaching Deals

Book your accommodation with Riders Refuge, Morzine at a reduced price of £399 (normally £499) including breakfast, evening meal & airport transfers and receive €40 off the camp price.

Please note that lift passes, flights & personal insurance are not included in the price.

For more information please get in touch at info@mintsnowboarding.com or call +33 (0)6 80 77 66 09.

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Now this is a pretty stunning picture from a local friend of Mint. A beautiful inversion layer on the way up to Morzine from the town of Taninge.

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Here at Mint we want to make sure we are seeing the raddest seasonnaire snowboarders coming from Morzine Avoriaz so decided we wanted to offer some help!

Maybe you want to get to grips with flatland tricks, butters, 180′s, nollies and ollies.  Perhaps the half pipe is where your aspirations lie?  Or could slaying the rails and boxes be your forte?  Whether it’s half pipe, kickers or jibbing the piste we have a weekly offering for you!

Just €40 for a 3 hour session* taking place on Friday afternoons at 1pm in Avoriaz.

  • January 17th – Half Pipe
  • January 31st – Girls only
  • February 7th – Flatland tricks and jibbing the piste
  • February 14th – Boxes & Rails
  • February 28th – Jumps and spins

Get in touch on info@mintsnowboarding.com for more information

*Class minimum of 5 and maximum of 7. Full payment must be made within 24 hours of receiving payment request email to confirm your booking.

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If you want to maintain your relationships we strongly advise that you don’t teach your friends, partners, sister or brothers to snowboard!  Apart from the fact that familiarity means that you will be the person they take out their frustrations on you may also pass on ‘bad’ habits you didn’t even know you had.

It’s true that every now and then, instructors do bear the brunt of a client’s frustrations but it generally quickly dissipates and there is no opportunity to carry it on in the pub that night.  In the words of one of our very own clients… ‘it just spells disaster’… need we say more.

Read on for our 10 reasons why you should choose lessons over being taught by a friend!

  1. It is far more inappropriate to get irritated with an instructor if you are feeling frustrated and so take a deep breath and carry on!
  2. It is not as easy to quit when the going gets tough
  3. All Mints instructors are qualified to the highest international standard and  super experienced across all aspects of snowboarding
  4. You will be taught how to snowboard following a well thought out and researched teaching system
  5. The instructor will have a wealth of knowledge and techniques to help you get past annoying niggles
  6. Learning to snowboard properly from the start will give you the confidence and solid riding skills to progress your riding further
  7. An instructor won’t give up on you!
  8. The coaching stays on the mountain and doesn’t follow you home allowing you to take a break and look forward to the next days lesson
  9. There is a mutual respect between your instructor and you
  10. Good banter and interesting chat with someone new on the chair lift!!

Check out our lesson, camp and course options online

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We’ve teamed up with Gonzilla.tv to bring you 17 essential tips to help you with filming this winter.  Whether it’s your family or your buddies, cruising piste or busting some freestyle moves they have it covered…

1. Snacks! Water and food are a must if you are going to be standing around all day

2. Layer up!  Wear warm clothes and pipe gloves are the best option so you can still work the camera…  We recommend Celtek

3. Amnesia! Make sure your memory cards are clear and take spares if you have them

4. Keep any spare batteries warm so they don’t run out so quickly.  Hide them under your arm, in your jacket or somewhere else toasty warm ;-)

5. What’s your story?  Before you start filming, think about the edit, have a story.  What do you want it to look like in the end?  This will help you plan what shots you need

6. Quality!  Film at the best possible quality for example 1080p whenever you can

7. Always carry a lens cloth, cap or even your goggle wipe

8. Danger!  Don’t stand in the landing, it’s dangerous!

9. If you are doing a ‘follow cam’, plan your route, make sure you know where you are going so you don;t go the wrong way or crash into something

10. Mooove closer!  If you think you are close enough… get closer!

11. With an action camera, such as Ionpoint the camera at the groin area.  It’s not kinky, it’s just that they have a wide angled lens and it means you will fit everything into the shot

12. Think about mixing up your angles, low angles, high angles and moving around the feature

13. Communicate!  Talk to the person you are filming, find out where they are going and what they are doing so you are not in the wrong spot or filming the back of their head!

14. Steady Eddy!  Keep the camera steady, use a tripod and brace your arms against your body.  Use a smooth motion.  If you are using an action camera then use a pole!  The worst thing you can do is hold it in your hand.

15. If you are filming a trick, make sure you get the take off and the landing.  You don’t have to be in two places at once, just get the rider to do the trick twice and then edit them together :-)

16. If you are using a helmet cam, make sure you press record before you put the helmet on.  Gonzilla recommend filming with a pole as it gives a better shot

17. Fill’er up!  Make sure you get filler shots so you can mix the edit up!  People laughing, scenery that kind of thing!

Check out Gonzilla.tv for some bang on examples of how to film and edit!  The one stop shop for UK snowboarding talent!

Tips on editing coming soon!

 

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Now here at Mint we don’t want to be known as a ‘Debbie Downer’ but it’s just a fact that fun can sometimes come at a price and if you’ve ever been snowboarding you know that can come in the form of a sprained wrist or a shocking hangover from the local brew…  Unfortunately it can also come from the very mountains we are enjoying every day on our holiday or season.  We figure that to be armed with the knowledge is a much better way of continuing to have fun in the mountains so read on for some interesting facts and tips!

Did you know:

  • Avalanches kill more than 150 people worldwide every year
  • Avalanches are not triggered by noise as the movies would have us believe
  • 4 factors contribute to an avalanche;  a steep slope, a weak layer in the snow, the snow cover and a trigger
  • The trigger is normally the weight of you or a friend
  • The slope needs to be 30 degrees or above to be prone to avalanche
  • Avalanche kit doesn’t just mean a transceiver, you also need a shovel, a probe and the know how!
  • There are 3 types of Avalanche;  Powder, Wet Snow and Slab.  Slab avalanches are the most common and reach between 60 and 80 mph
  • Avalanche risk is highest 24 hours after a snowfall of 12 inches or more

We all know it’s fun to ride powder but here are some simple rules to follow to try to stay safe!

  • Never go off piste alone
  • Heed warning signs in avalanche prone areas (check the warning signs situated by lifts and also on the sides of the piste)
  • Stay alert in backcountry areas
  • Travel single file, not side by side in the backcountry
  • Always carry safety equipment (Transceiver, shovel and probe)
  • Check your transceivers battery and signals before you set off

If you think you would like to learn more then check out our options on Backcountry courses and Splitboarding or maybe book yourself a private lesson to get to grips with Avalanche Safety and Awareness!

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