It’s dumping in the prodains valley!

Wooooo snow!

Happy new year!

Happy new year everyone, sorry it has taken a while to update but I have chosen to sleep instead of blog…and I probably should be doing the same now…but thought I would update you with a few photos.

The bears are there to make everyone happy….I think….

Me and wifey

Our friend Dave swings all ways!
Early morning ride up on Arrare.

No cars in Avoriaz, so this is the way to travel!

Our Day Off

So guests arrive sunday, and leave 8 days later. We cook them breakfast in the morning, and a 3 course meal in the evening. It will come as no suprise to you that on our day off…we are shattered.
Despite this, we got up for first(ish) lift on Wednesday and rode all day! Heading over to the Stash, and then hitting up Chatel for a few runs. The pistes were mobbed, there were soooo many people! Almost to the point where I didn’t enjoy it, but then something clicked…use them to practise speedy reactions! A number of close calls but no accidents! WOOOO!
I started to see improvements in myself for the first time since we arrived, upping the speed and remaining in control. I am still struggling with the backside 180 spin (left foot forward, spinning clockwise) I seem to go off axis every time and land with my board in the air. Frontside (anti clockwise) 180 grabs are too easy now, I just need to start doing them off bigger and more impressive things. I have started back on with my frontside 360 (1 full rotation, anti clockwise with left foot forward) the ground work is in and now I just need to take that to the kickers as I am currently doing them on little bumps on and off the piste.
I have also been working on full runs in switch…I am not enjoying it!
Ems has had a few bad days of late, probably from being shattered, but the last week she has improved a lot, getting the confidence to hit a box, try 180s and go faster down the piste. She looks a lot more confident on the board now which is great as now we can both hit full runs in a pretty good time.
Anyway, here is my best photos from my day off, please leave a comment if you like them 🙂

Views of freshly groomed pistes, lovely and fast yet quiet and safe

Ems shredding up the just off the Prolays lift
Incredible view of the Portes Du Soleil
Chaux Fleurie lift, against the rising sun
After a quiet 3 hours of fresh pistes, these guys arrived and ruined it all…WHERE’S WALLY!
Dave (one of the Mountain Mavericks team) hitting the stash with a nice 180
Busy again, but my attraction was elsewhere, you have to see it to truly appreciate it!
Dave, Nicky, Ems and me head for some not so fresh lines off piste
Dave goes flying down the meadow, we cannot wait for some fresh snow!
Ems following Dave’s lead down the meadow
It was a lot steeper than it looks! Nice one Dave!
Our walk home, the lovely Prodain valley. An amazing place to call home for now!

Sleep on snowboard…

SNOWBOARD! 
Change over day has a reputation for being a challenge…but I think yesterday was a proper mission for all involved! Our first bunch of guests arrived at 2 after traveling since 4pm, and our second lot of guests arrive between 1130pm and 1230am, our final bunch of guests were missing from these transfers…
We got a call from Mrs Maverick (Emma) and she let us know that their flight had been delayed so they were getting a transfer with a transfer company. That’s fine. 2am arrival, I stay up and do the late shift while Ems goes to sleep and does morning shift, simple! Nope when the guests finally arrived at 330am after the flight was delayed even more only for the transfer company to have to leave and thus leaving our new guests to get a taxi from the airport to Morzine. With every right to be mad, they appeared on our doorstep at 330am with Olly with great big cheery smiles, satisfied in the fact they had reached their destination. Such nice people!

Our usual mid day stop off: Changabang:
4xHot Chocolate and a portion of chips = 17 euros …ouch

Anyway, in came the morning and I woke up at 715am anyway, so got up and helped Ems with breakfast (a little slower than usual due to lack of sleep). I took our guests up to Avoriaz for their lesson, then hit the perfectly piste’d home run in a straight line all the way down with no goggles. Listening to Reuben: A Short History Of Nearly Everything, an empty piste and a clear day, a great run (yes it is “hero snow” but I enjoy being able to go that fast and under control)!
After cleaning the rooms, I faced the difficult decision of snowboard or sleep…not really…easy answer…SNOWBOARDING! So I grabbed an energy drink and ran out the door! Totally worth it, sitting appreciating the mountain with a hot chocolate and some good friends.

Happy birthday BeXx!

Becky Menday in the Avoriaz Stash

Anyone who follows the Jackrabbitt blog will know the name Becky Menday the awesome little shredder ripping up the slopes around europe. Recently signed by Protest Becky is going from strength to strength and everytime I see a video I see massive improvements. Having the right attitude of having fun in everything you do is certainly something that Becky Menday has, with such a vibrant passion for snowboarding.

Happy Birthday Becky Menday

The little lady is 12 today so please leave a happy birthday message on this post for her to see!

Keep up the good work BeXx (and family) and have an awesome day on your birthday!

Happy birthday BeXx!

Becky Menday in the Avoriaz Stash

Anyone who follows the Jackrabbitt blog will know the name Becky Menday the awesome little shredder ripping up the slopes around europe. Recently signed by Protest Becky is going from strength to strength and everytime I see a video I see massive improvements. Having the right attitude of having fun in everything you do is certainly something that Becky Menday has, with such a vibrant passion for snowboarding.

Happy Birthday Becky Menday

The little lady is 12 today so please leave a happy birthday message on this post for her to see!

Keep up the good work BeXx (and family) and have an awesome day on your birthday!

Our christmas card to you

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!


NO TIME TO BLOG….

Would love to stay and chat, but the snow is falling, it’s christmas, and we can go snowboarding….Au Revoir!

Friday is the new Monday

I hate fridays…so far anyway, everything seems to want to go wrong on Fridays. We were meant to be doing our shop, and it turned out my “I have the card” statement was a total lie…it was my GoPro in my pocket not my wallet…oops…all the way back home and only to realise I forgot to get the key to our apparentment…where the card was…we will get it right next week!
On a plus note, its christmas eve and its snowing! We are about to do our daily chores and then head up to the Kinkerne to meet the Mavericks crew for our secret santa thingy.
IIIITTT’SSSSS CHHHRRIISSTTMAAAAAAAAAAASSSS!

snowing in morzine!