Spring has well and truly sprung in the Alps. Last week after a soggy start, we had 4 days of brilliant sunshine with temperatures reaching 11ºC during the day. But it stayed below freezing during the night – perfect conditions for our Slopestyle camp in Meribel.
Slopestyle – recognised in the winter Olympics for the first time last year – is one of the freestyle disciplines along with moguls, aerials, cross and half pipe. Slopestyle tricks generally fall into 4 categories; spins, grinds, grabs and flips. All were on our agenda.
Over in Meribel, New Generation coaches Lorenzo Sebastianelli and Marco Eydallin put our Slopestylers through their paces.
We ran an intro course, introducing flatland tricks like nose butters, tail butters, switch skiing and flat 360s. And for the more experienced, the chance to take on bigger kickers, the half pipe and flips.
Lorenzo and Marco have been teaching Slopestyle for years in Italy for www.freeskicamp.it
Over the last 4 years Lorenzo, Ski Instructor with New Generation in Courchevel 1850 has been running the Slopestyle camps for seasonnaires and holiday makers alike. In this time he’s seen a growth in the popularity and interest in the sport – helped off course by its inclusion in the Sochi Olympics and athletes like Snowboarder Jenny Jones.
Increasingly we’re seeing parallels between the training and skills in alpine skiing and slopestyle – as well as the methods used to coach across both disciplines. In fact, it’s being said that Slopestyle, and Freeskiing generally, is the biggest competitor to downhill skiing. And given the tricks being pulled, jumps being landed and huge smiles all round, we can see why.
If you fancy dusting off your twin tips – New Generation is running another session in Val d’Isere from the 22nd March. For more info email firstname.lastname@example.org