Let's start from the top shall we?!
The Metro Ski & Snowboard show is a 5-day indoor snowsports extravaganza; here the majority of the ski and snowboard community converge to hawk their wares, catch up with one another and sometimes have a bit of a party too! Highlights of this year included the Trespass Big Air – held on a gigantic hip kicker inside of Earl’s Court. Never failing to draw a large crowd the best of British ski & snowboard talent threw down on a twice daily basis, showcasing their ever-expanding bag of tricks to the general public. Another highlight was the Whitelines rail jam, situated next to what can only be described as some of the raddest stands in the hall (except for SnowSkool of course) the guys from Whitelines had erected a dryslope drop in complete with one of their rails (kindly borrowed from Hemel Shredstead). Riders from DC, Atomic, Salomon, and even some of the Whitelines staff were throwing down some seriously tech stuff, although the run out was a little sketchy… just some carpet really, which meant for some pretty abrupt stopping.
Fortunately for the SnowSkool staff our stand was slightly further away and was directly opposite the 3 Valleys and Folie Douce stand. For those that don’t know about the Folie Douce, it’s a mountain restaurant/bar renowned as the place to party in both Val Thorens and Val d’Isère. We couldn’t have planned our location better… we were treated to live DJs and bands from 3pm every day and on Friday the Ski Club of Great Britain put on a party (complete with free vin rouge and Savoyard snacks!). Let’s just say we weren’t complaining…
So after a busy weekend at the Metro show we packed up the van and headed back to the office to catch up on our emails and recover for a couple of days, with just enough time to prepare for the Daily Telegraph Ski & Board show up at the Birmingham NEC the following weekend. We made the journey to Brum on Friday, only just making it in time due to traffic… oops! We erected our stand in record time as well as our next door stand for www.les3chalets.com, check out their site for the best value chalet rentals in Méribel! The stand certainly turned a few heads… check it out below:
The Birmingham crowds were kept amused by yet more big air demos, trampoline shows, and even a mountain bike demo too. Birmingham was a great chance for us to meet some more of our students for the coming season and give them some advice when it came to shopping for skis and snowboards! Adam, former NZ rep and now Banff course rep, even managed to get one of the guys over £100 off his skis… nice work!
Unfortunately the Birmingham show coincided with the Relentless Freeze Festival in London so SnowSkool couldn’t make all of the festival. Luckily though SnowSkool’s marketing manager had the Saturday off, so he made the journey down to London to check out some of the world’s finest throwing down against the backdrop of the foreboding industrial wasteland of Battersea Power Station. There was some seriously incredible riding on show in the world cup big air, with the UK’s own Jamie Nicholls narrowly missing out on a podium finish with his super solid backside double cork 10, which he landed like it was nothing.
The podium was as follows:
1. Janni Korpi (FIN)
2. Seppe Smitts (BEL)
3. Joris Ouwerkerk (NED)
All of whom put down some ridiculous double corks, 1260s, and a few switch double corks too… pretty ridiculous no? After all that it was high time to get the party started and with such a plethora of live music to choose from this was definitely a difficult task!
All in all it has been a fun, if a little exhausting couple of weeks! Thanks to all of you that came down to meet us and if you didn’t manage to catch us over the last two weekends we look forward to catching up with you soon. For those that are coming on courses with us… we’re counting down the days!