Well, that escalated quickly!
Like a flash in the pan Easter has been and gone. Alpine après parties under clear blue skies are a distant memory now as we return to the April showers currently gracing our green and splendid land.
Working with our new partners NUCO Travel, the Line-S team hit the road this spring, visiting the busiest student resorts to bring students across the Alps sessions to help improve their experiences on snow.
First up we headed to the student favourite of Tignes where we hosted a free avalanche talk alongside New Generation for any students in resort.
This season we have seen incredible snowfalls across many European mountain ranges, but the unfortunate truth is that with this incredible snowfall, there is also a heightened risk of avalanche. Educating students about the inherent risks of skiing off piste is something we feel passionately about, so if you think your university group could benefit from an avalanche safety workshop then we want to hear from you. Use the contact us section of our website to get in touch.
Next, we brought students two fresh editions of the Line-S Games, and each one was quite different from the other.
In Tignes, we hosted our biggest event yet, a mammoth rail jam slap bang in the middle of Val Claret. With around a thousand spectators turning up we saw students throw down to entertain and be crowned the best of the bunch or simply just to give freestyle a go.
Alex Bradbury, the Nottingham President flipped and 720-ed his way into first place in a competitive final, but the open jam session was where the real fun was had. Complete novices and freestyle aficionados rubbed shoulders to progress their riding.
After working hard in the park and hiking back up to the top, competitors and spectators alike joined us for a huge après at Le Coffee – complete with its very own fire-breathers.
As ever, the Line-S Stickers were a hit, although you could tell it was Easter as the 'Puking Pow' design was by far the least popular.
The following day the gang headed to Les Arcs 1800, where they set up just below the snow-park. Whilst we had hoped to host a pond skim, mother nature had other ideas, she rudely froze the pond skim over. But unfazed, students took to our back up – Les Arcs’ Big Air Bag. Progression was once again on the menu with students throwing tricks for the first time or fine tuning aerial manouvers they have already been working on.
Of course, no student party would be complete without a few inflatables – our favourite of which would have to be the rubber-ring/unicorn hybrid donned by one courageous student as they hit the jump.
Even more essential than inflatables is après and once again we joined SKUM, SheffSki, Swansea Snowriders and Lancaster Snowsports for a couple of pêche and a little boogie at l’Arpette.
The atmosphere on Easter trips is always a little different from the busy Christmas weeks, and it’s difficult to compare the two. After years of Easter and Christmas trips, we still can’t decide between the two – Which do you prefer?
Peace out, until next year Easter.
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