The first of January has always been one of my favorite riding days of the year!!

Because you're riding with your friends and family, and because there are many less people on the hill due to that international hangover day!! This year I went riding in Bareges-La Mongie in the French Pyrénées. The cool thing there is that it’s warm, riding in the sunshine helps make it a better day! And people from the south are friendly and smiling in all weathers.

We just went cruising down some slopes jibbing here and there. We had delicious home made soup up on the mountain with the extraordinary view on the Pic du Midi, which is one of the highest star observatories in Europe, the panorama from there is absolutely fantastic! I highly recommend visiting the site - quite an impressive place to see.

The snow conditions were good and that first small kicker of the park made that whole run totally worth it!! The park can be soo epic! It's shaped by the Ho5 crew who are good friends of mine who always make it super fun to ride.

Big ups to all who went riding on the first of January!! And happy new year to you all!

aflore