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The Portes du Soleil not only has an abundance of snowparks, but also some of the best parks in Europe. These parks cater for all levels of rider; from complete freestyle novices to world class pros. Here’s a guide to them.

Avoriaz

Avoriaz Snowzone: Kids Parkway | Arare | La Chapelle | Superpipe | The Stash | The Mini-Stash

Avoriaz itself has a huge selection of snow parks, supported by Burton Snowboards, which are tiered to allow for rider development. Sometimes stoking the rad takes a little kindling… small sticks before you toss on the big logs. The series of snowparks in Avoriaz provide all you need; from short ride-on boxes, to little rollers, riders can get the feel of the terrain under them before stepping up to the medium size hits and rails off the ground. And once someone’s got the taste for air, they can light it up with gasoline and laser shows on the big jumps and in the Superpipe. Start small and learn big!

The Burton Kids Parkway / Trashers is the perfect entry level park for freestyle newbees. It has low-lying, wide boxes, very small jumps & rollers and is tucked away in a totally intimidation free zone!

Next is the La Chapelle Park  which is the perfect arena to learn, progress and hone your freestyle skills. Features vary every year, and throughout the season, but generally the Chapelle park has two blue jump lines, two jib lines as well as two green jump lines. Each line consists of 4 – 5 jumps or features. The jump lines range from tiny jumps to 10m table tops again with progression in mind. The jib lines include flat, wide boxes, a range or rails and other features.

The Arare Park contains much bigger features and there is a high level of riding to be seen here. There are usually a couple of smaller jumps at the top of the park which then lead into larger jumps ranging from 12m to 20+. There is usually a hip at the bottom of the park as well as an airbag which is free to use as well as a great way to learn tricks. The Arare park stays in the shade a lot of the day so landings can remain pretty solid mid winter.

Avoriaz has a Superpipe which is well maintained on a daily basis. Avoriaz’s halfpipe is one of the best in Europe and is hardly ever busy. Not only is the halfpipe right in the centre of the resort, but it is also serviced by its very own button lift so you can lap the pipe without unstrapping!

Avoriaz is also home to The Stash, a creative & organic snowpark invention by Burton. The Stash is a wooded tree run in the Lindarets bowl which is scattered with natural jibs, gaps, features & transitions. In this park there are rails, wall rides, logs, picnic tables all made out of natural materials. It is a great place to head in bad light / low visibility and is great fun to loop with friends, connecting hits and getting creative. There is also a Mini-Stash  for the mini-shredders out there!

 

Les Crosets

Superpark

Les Crosets, on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil, is home to a great in park for intermediate to expert level riders and is in a wonderful sunny location. Jumps in Les Crosets Superpark range from 6m to 20m+ tabletops as well as a whole host of cool features. The line of about 6 smaller jumps are down the left hand side (skiers left) and the big jumps and jibs are in the centre and down the right hand side. At the bottom of the snowpark there is a natural halfpipe; great for boosting out of on the way down 8 man Express chairlift servicing the park.

Chatel

SmoothPark

The Chatel SmoothPark, located in the Super Chatel area, is a fun park with a wide range of jumps and jib features. It is generally quieter than the Avoriaz & Croset parks. In 2012 the Smoothpark hosted the French leg of the ‘Nike Chosen Series’, giving proof that Chatel’s park shapers definitely know what they’re doing. At the bottom of the park is an airbag, free of charge and open from 12h to 15h. The park is serviced by two button lifts and also has a boardercross track down the length of it.

Les Gets

Les Gets Snowpark

The park at Les Gets is on the Mont Chery area, which is south facing and in the sun all day. The park is serviced by an old two man chair and is always pretty quite so a good place to head to get away from the crowds during the holiday periods. The Mt Chery park has a number of features; from jumps, rails, boxes and often a wall ride at the bottom.

Les Gets is also home to a decent sized and well maintained boardercross course which runs under the Chavannes lifts. This is definitely the best of the board-cross courses in the Portes du Soleil and great fun for racing against friends.

Morzine

There is a small snowpark on the Nyon area of Morzine / Pleney slopes, although not very well shaped and often full of ski schools. It does, however, have a fun boardercross course (although much smaller than the one in Les Gets). If you are staying in Morzine and into freestyle riding, then you are better off heading in the Avoriaz direction.

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This summer Avoriaz is continuing the investment into modernising its ski lift system with another new chairlift being put in, this time to replace the old Brochaux chairlift. This follows on from two ski lift replacements last summer on the Super-Morzine sector, which had a very positive impact, cutting down the speed of crossing from Morzine to Avoriaz and vice versa via Super-Morzine.

SERMA, the lift company operating the Avoriaz ski lift infrastructure, will be replacing the Brochaux chairlift in time for winter 2015/16 (they say it will be open for December 2015).  The rickety old 3 man chair will be replaced by a high speed 6 person chairlift, capable of carrying up to 3000 people per hour. The new lift will follow the line of the old chair, although the top station is being move 280m further up the ridge

The Brochaux chairlift is part of the Lindarets / Mossettes sector. As well as giving access to some awesome off piste routes & the Stash snowpark, the Brochaux lift is also an important means of return to Avoriaz for those having been to Mossettes (also known for some great off piste lines!) and over to Champery on the Swiss side of the Portes du Soleil. Hopefully this should bring an end to the bottleneck at the bottom of the Brochaux towards the end of the day when everyone is returning towards Avoriaz & Morzine.

See you on the new Brochaux chairlift this winter!

 

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Looking for an early season snowboard holiday in Europe?

Join us in Morzine / Avoriaz the week of 13th December 2015 and kick start your season with a week of fun and progression. We’ve also organised an exclusive accommodation offer available to the first 10 spaces booked.

 

Snowboard Course Details:

Technical Performance Camp

14th – 18th December 2015

Even if you’re fairly content rider, a week with professional instruction will help you enjoy it 10 times more. In this course we’ll help you develop of a solid platform from which you can further progress your riding to dominate over the whole mountain. More info on the Technical Performance Camp.

Beginners Snowboard Camp

14th – 18th December 2015

Join us on this unique week created for beginners learning to snowboard. Enjoy discovering the world of snowboarding with others of your level. More info on the Beginners Snowboard Camp.

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Accommodation Details:

The first 10 spaces on the December Snowboard Camps will be available with an all inclusive chalet option at a bargain rate! We have 5 twin rooms available in a bright and spacious chalet apartment a 5 minute walk from central Morzine with stunning views.

The price of the accommodation is as follows:

Shared twin room: 350€

Single occupancy: 490€

Included in this is:

7 nights accommodation

4-course evening meal including a cheeseboard with a selection of local cheeses and digestif for 6 nights

Unlimited wine with evening meal

Continental and Cooked Breakfast options

Freshly Baked Afternoon Tea

Linen & Towels and midweek towel change

Experienced & knowledgeable hosts

Check here for further info on the accommodation in Morzine or check out the photos below.

 

Also the week of 13th December, Snowbombing is bringing their new music festival, Transition to Avoriaz. There will be a first class dance lineup across a medley of unique and interesting venues in Avoriaz, including a party in the Stash! You can find out more on the Transition website.

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Avoriaz has long since been recognised as an crucial hub to the history and development of snowboarding in Europe. The Avoriaz History Project tells the pioneering story of the evolution of France’s first snowpark in Avoriaz.

The film explores how the early legends of the scene gave rise to a new generation of snowboarders, the world’s first natural snowpark and a multi-million euro tourism industry. Featuring interviews with pro snowboarders of the era Nico Droz, Peter Line and Eddie Wall.

Using a mix of 1980s and ‘90s footage self captured by the riders the film tells the story of how the sheer determination of a unique group of friends literally shapes a snowpark and creates it’s own snowboarding scene recognized throughout the world.

The resort of Avoriaz has continued to inspire creative ideas, such as the Burton Stash and now is home to a whooping 6 snowparks! Long may this continue!

Great work from Reel Fun Media, lets hope they manage to get funding needed to finish this fascinating archive project.

 

 

 

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THE MINT LOCALS KIDS MOVEMENT! 

Mint Snowboard School is running a special Snowboard Camp for Local Kids this spring!  

 

It’s been a longtime dream of Tammy Esten, Founder and Director, of Mint Snowboard School, to get local kids snowboarding. And this spring, during the local school holidays, Mint Snowboard School are taking a giant leap towards realising that dream.

 

On April 13th 2015 Mint is going to be running a week long snowboard camp dedicated to local kids!

For children aged 3 years and up, the snowboard camp is open to all ages and levels from first slide, first turns, to confident cruisers or those wanting to progress their freestyle.

 

The goal has always been to bring the mini-shred movement to local kids” said Tammy from Mint HQ this week “and last winter mini-shred really took off after our Mint Mini-shred video went viral on YouTube

 

 

But the dream wasn’t just to get little ones onto snowboards. Its was about making snowboarding accessible to all local kids, of all ages. Mint Snowboard School wants to give local kids the option to snowboarding, instead of skiing, by setting up a local kids snowboard club to develop a pool of minty local talent! The Spring Local Kids Snowboard Camp is the start of that local kids Movement!

 

Week Plan: Starting Monday 13th April 2015

Monday & Tuesday – two hours a day

Wednesday – mini-break

Thursday – two hours

Friday – two hour lesson, then an open session where parents can join the kids to see what we’ve been up to all week.

Important Info

Cost: 150€ for the week

Group size: max 6, min 4 (with max group size of 4 for the littler ones (with added help from trainee instructors))

Lesson Time: 14.15 – 16.15 hrs, when the snow is softer and easier

Levels: All level groups running. From first slide mini-shred (3 – 6 yrs), to those who have had an intro to snowboarding already, confident cruisers and freestyle rippers.

Goodie Bag: for all participants

 

So if the above sounds of interest and you want to get your kids involved in The Mint Local Kids Snowboard Movement, then please get in touch.

We’d like to know the following:

» Name of your child

» Age

» As much info as possible on their previous snowboard experience (how many times have they given it a go, are they turning yet, if so on what types of slopes etc)

 

Come join the Mint Local Kids Movement this spring!

 

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Do you live in the south of England and have kids aged 3 to 6 years itching to get on a snowboard?

The Burton Riglet Park is heading towards its final stop for this year at the London Ski and Snowboard show. This is the perfect chance for kids to experience snowboarding before the winter.

Riglet sessions can be pre-booked here – this is highly recommended as there will be very few walk on spots

The Burton Riglet Park is especially built for kids aged three to six years old and is designed to give them a taste of snowboarding in a fun and easy environment. There will be instructors on hand to help pull kids in the right direction and on average it takes 15 – 20 minutes for them to complete the experience and even win their own Riglet Park Medal!

Most importantly participation is FREE!

 

If you are looking for mini-shred snowboard lessons out in resort then join us in Morzine, Avoriaz & Les Gets, France. Mint Snowboard School offers kids snowboard lessons from age 3 and up, both as kids group courses and private lessons. We also offer specialised mini-shred snowboard holidays in Morzine perfect for getting your kids snowboarding. Check here for further info on the Mint mini-shred kids snowboard lessons & holidays and check out our video guide to mini-shred below…

Come and say hello… stop by our stand (B4 in the Drop Inn zone) at the show!

 

 

 

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You might have already heard that the Burton Stash in Avoriaz is being enlarged for winter 2014/15, but here are all the details! Improvements include:

> A new banked slalom course in the middle

> A new strip at the bottom end of the Foret des Lindarets with 4 brand new features

> A new spruce tree protection program with the instalation of around 20 tripods to protect isolated saplings

Check the new map below to help you find your way through the bigger, better Stash in Avoriaz.

 

The Stash was voted the world’s best ski run in 2014 by CNN, in recognition of an initiative by Burton Snowboards which is still unique in Europe. Now boasting more than 80 features made of wood and snow, the Stash has become one of Europe’s top riding destinations, for blth snowboarders and skiers.Check out some photos from the work in progress…
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We are stoked to reveal that the Portes du Soleil is investing in two new ski lifts for winter 2014/15, creating a better link between Morzine and Avoriaz. Both the Proclou and the Seraussaix chairlifts are being replaced to create faster connections in the Super Morzine area. This is great continuation on from the replacement of the Prodain cable car and then the Pleney bubble lift in the last 2 years.

The Proclou and Seraussaix chairlifts have long been a bottleneck as they receive a lot of traffic from the commute of slope users staying in Morzine but skiing in Avoriaz. These chairlifts also service some of the excellent beginner level slopes in Avoriaz, and are thus frequented by many ski schools, as well as, of course, giving access to the Chapelle snowpark & Stash. It looks like laps of the Chapelle snowpark from now on will be speedy via the new chairlift, rather than waiting in the queue for the plateau button lift.

Not only will the new high speed chairs get you up the hill quicker, but the placement of the top of the new Seraussaix chairlift means that there will nolonger be an annoying push along the top to get back to Super Morzine. The top of the Seraussaix will be slightly higher along the Super Morzine ridge meaning that it is a short, downhill track (rather than long flat) to access the Super Morzine slopes. Great news for us snowboarders in particular!

Along with the ski lift modernisation they have also felled a lot of trees to widen the bottom of the Proclou piste, meaning it can take more traffic.

Check out our photos below to see the progress on the work so far…

 

 

 

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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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