So you watched the girls absolutely kill it on the slopestyle course at the weekend and now you want in! But where to start? Where can you hone your freestyle skills and get as good as Jenny Jones? She learned in the UK and you can too. Here are the best places to get free(style)…
1) LASS Freestyle Shred Days
When? Throughout the winter. This seasons dates are 15th & 16th February (this weekend!) and 8th & 9th March.
Where? Cairngorm Mountain, Aviemore.
Why? With girl coaches on hand to help you stomp it on the real snow, the mountain offers some nice features (boxes and rails) to kickstart your freestyle. Plus being a 100% girl session, it’s the perfect progressive environment to learn in. And the icing on the mountain? The snow is pimping in Scotland right now!
Find out more: Follow LASS on Facebook for updated news and event pages.
2) Freestyle Fridays at The Snow Centre
When? Well, Fridays obviously.
Where? Hemel Hempstead
Why? Whatever the weather, you can go for a shred (which is always handy for UK based activities!). Every Friday The Snow Centre welcomes you indoors to ride their freestyle set up (less features than it used to have but still worth the shred!). With a new park plan every week including up to 8 freestyle features, the set-up caters for all abilities and there is a good crew of girls shredding there.
Find out more: Head to The Snow Centre website for full details and a weekly updated park plan.
3) Freestyle Coaching in Morzine with Mint Snowboard
When? All season long
Where? Morzine, Avoriaz.
Why? Okay so it’s not based in Britain but it’s British run so it counts! One of the most raved about snowboard schools in the Alps, Mint is solely for snowboarders and based in the Portes du Soleil area, France (that’s Morzine and Avoriaz). They offer freestyle sessions for all abilities, through private coaching, group sessions and special camps/days until the snow runs out. Plus they are friends of the Jenny Jones…
Find out more: Head to Mint’s website for full freestyle details.
4) Winter Olympics Weekend at Snowtrax
When? 15th & 16th February (this weekend)
Why? Jenny Jones learnt to snowboard on dryslope, so why not give it a go? The Snowtrax Activity Centre in Dorset is holding a special Winter Olympics Weekend inspired by all the action. Packed full of offers and promotions to incentivise you to get on board! Free lessons for beginners and night-time freestyle sessions.
Find out more: on their Winter Olympics Weekend event page.
5) Snozone Freestyle Park Nights
When? Thursday and Friday nights
Where? Milton Keynes
Why? It’s another great indoor option.. if not the best for freestyle! It’s the most packed indoor park in the UK, with many many a rail feature to get to work on. Open to all, there are freestyle coaching sessions to get involved with too. Plus it’s an easy train ride from London, for all you city based folk to get practising.
Find out more: by following the Parkshaper Blog
And for those of you who have never even set ‘boot’ on a board, here’s a handy way to get try it out for the first time ever (never too late).
Ladies Morning Sessions at The Snow Centre Hemel or Snow Factor Braehead.
Hemel: Mondays 10am-12pm and Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm.
Braehead: Wednesday 10am-12pm.
Where? Hemel Hempstead or Braehead
Why? Open to everyone… well every lady! It’s 2 hours on the slopes with only other girls to call company. If your a beginner it’s the perfect place to get started, with an open friendly groomed calm slope and friendly instructors on hand to help you ski/snowboard. Plus it all ends with biscuits or cake (location dependant)…what’s not to like about that?