What’s Your Slope Style?

Park princess or backcountry queen? Whatever your style, we’ve got the lowdown on what to wear, where to go and how to work it.

Compiled & styled by:Poppy Smith

Photography by: Gary Engel

Ice Climber

Arcteryx jacket £290

Arcteryx pants £290

The North Face fleece £50

O’Neill top £26

Black Diamond helmet £39.99

Black Diamond harness £59.99

Icon: Italian climber Anna Torretta, famed for the difficult leg over arm moves, has held her place at the top of the ice climbing world for five years.

Top Spot: Val de Cogne in Italy. Not just a waterfall, it has lots of dry tooling routes and rock sections. Or head to the Canadian Rockies and try out the Ouray ice park.

Where to Learn: On Europe’s tallest indoor ice climbing wall at Xscape in Castleford.

Must Read: ‘Ice & Mixed Climbing: Modern Technique’, by Will Gadd – not just an area guide, it shows you how to ice climb and includes all the training, equipment and preparation needed (

Hang Out: Licone Café, in Val de Cogne, not only does good hot chocolates but also has a book for climbers to draw their routes in. The first drawings date back to the 1980s.

On the iPod: Somewhere Across Forever, by Stellastarr will psyche you up.

Park Princess

Volcom jacket and pants

Dragon goggles £79.99

Defkon gloves £39.99

Dalikfodda beanie £20

Icons: Slopestyle queens Cheryl Maas (Holland) and Jenny Jones (GB).

Top Spot: With 24/7 grooming, Mammoth’s Unbound parks are probably the best in the world.

Where to Learn: The Burton all girls camps.

Watch: ‘True Life’ from Forum is a freestyle classic that everyone still looks up to. Starring JP Walker, Devon Walsh and Chis Dufficy, it changed the way people look at snowboard films.

Be Seen At: The Roxy chicken Jam. The all-girls slopestyle and superpipe comp.

On the iPod:Check out rapper/soul enthusiast The Gray Kid, especially the track ‘Lonely Love’ when you need to get pumped for the big kickers.

Snow Bunny

Nike ACG gilet £110

Zimtstern sweater £52

O’Neill pants £163

Electric goggles £75

Eka headband £25

Zimtstern mittens £67

Icon: Heida Birgisdottir, founder of nikita clothing, lives and breathes snowboarding.

Top Spot: Stubai, in the beautiful Tirol region of Austria, is a winter sports haven with 147kms of runs, and ice climbing and skiing on the glacier in summer.

Where to Learn: Our Camp all-girl ride and yoga weeks in Morzine are run by pro snowboarder Gilly Seagrave. Riding and yoga – the perfect combination.

Stay: Brides-les-Bains, in the heart of the Three Valleys in France, has a brand new oriental spa with all sorts of delicious treatments.

Must Read: ‘Top 50 Ski and Snowboard Resorts in Europe’, by Pat Sharples and Vanessa Webb.

On the iPod:Put your snow boots on and get your heart racing to the sound of the Fratellis’ ‘Costello Music’.

Backcountry Skier

Nike ACG jacket £400

Ripcurl pants £150

R.E.D by Burton helmet £60

Oakley goggles £99.99

Oakley snow mitts £49.99

O’Neill H3 series backpack £237

Icon: Chamonix-based Aussie Andrea Binning has podiumed at the best freeskiing contests in the world, including the World Extreme in Valdez, Alaska.

Top Ski Spot: Chamonix is a mecca for freeriding. So are Whistler and Alaska.

Where to Learn: Purefreeride runs backcountry freeride camps in Chamonix and NZ. Expect legendary backcountry and secret stashes.

Stay: Luxury chalet Première Neige, in Sainte Foy, France, where the Roxy girls go for powder and pampering.

Read and Watch: ‘Go Ski’, by Warren Smith, one of Britain’s leading professional freeskiers. This book and 30-minute DVD is the fast-track to great skiing.

Be Seen At: The first ever British Big Mountain Championships in Davos, Switzerland.

On the iPod: Crank up Kelly Clarkson’s ‘Breakaway’, the power pop album to get your adrenaline pumping.


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