On the 8th Jan, after what felt like forever, I finally headed back out to the mountains to start my season. First stop on the calendar was Verbier for a weeks training with the British FreeRide team and a weekend competing in the World Junior Freeride Tour.
I haven’t been to Verbier before so I wasn’t sure what to expect. The team was booked into a place called The Ride Inn, which was in the Verbier Village. Sascha and Tamara were lovely hosts and the Inn itself was really comfy and close to the lifts. You can find the Ride Inn on Facebook., it’s deffo worth a visit! https://www.facebook.com/The-Ride-Inn-510069872463504/
The view from my bedroom.
Training started on Monday Morning and I was really luck to have the awesome Corinne Mayhew as my snowboard coach. I’ve known Corinne for a while now both as a coach and a fellow team rider of Tignes Spirit. Last year she was one of my coaches on the GB pathway camp out in Laax and I always have fun and learn loads with her.
Me and Coz (on the left) last year in Tignes, on one of her female boarder camps. They are well worth checking out. https://www.facebook.com/mayhewsnowboarding/?hc_ref=SEARCH&fref=nf
Although for the first few days of the camp the snow wasn’t great, it was really useful as I got to practice on all different types of terrain. We also did some really great training on avalanche safety.
The Freeride Team
It wasn’t too long before it started dumping though, and once it did, it didn’t stop and we got to have some rad powder days.
I spent so much time up to my waist in powder, that I was pretty stoked that my new Airblaster Jacket has arrived in time for the trip. I’m currently wearing the Freedom Parka Jacket with the Sassy Hot Bib pants and they kept my dry the whole time. Big shout out to my awesome sponsor Tignes Spirit for kitting me out. https://www.tignes-spirit.com/
At the end of the week it was time to prepare for the competition. Unfortunately I was the only girl in the snowboard category so I would have to ride against the men, but I was still really looking forward to it.
The British Junior Team grabbing our bibs.
The weather was bluebird for the competition.
At the end of the course. Photo – thomasbekker.com
Unfortunately I fell in the middle of the run, but I was still pretty stoked with my score. Can’t wait to do it again soon