Freestyle Snowboard Programme

All-round Freestyle Programme with Weekly Training Sessions.

2 diffferent levels- Introductory and Advanced

Continual development programme designed to enhance your skills as a rider using the powers of freestyle.

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  • Course Price: Seasonaires*: €30/person for 3 hours
  • Dates: Every Wednesday 13:00 (tbc)
  • Number of Days: 15 Afternoons
  • Places Available: 8
  • Rider Level: Rider upwards
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Seasonnaire’s Freestyle Development Programme

Building on the success of last year’s programme, this unique style of course for Chamonix is back with more depth and options. It had never been done before but it is sure to revolutionise the scene… Like a snowboard club of sorts, the programme will take advantage of the awesome new park in Le Tour as well as the endless natural terrain of the valley. This is a great opportunity to become part of the freestyle scene in Chamonix!

This continual development course is designed to build your overall skills as a rider with a focus on freestyle-related technique. As well as being a discipline in its own right, freestyle is a tool, a training method for developing and expanding your snowboarding vocab. See the Freestyle page for more in-depth view on this.

This Programme is for Rider Level and Advanced.

The inclusive style of this programme does cater for a broad spectrum of abilities, strengths, ages and genders as everyone will be working on their own challenges but due to popular demand and the success of last year’s programme,

The 2 x weekly sessions will include 2 different levels:

Introductory level: This is aimed at more all-round development and will introduce the skills needed for freestyle such as ollies and grabs etc. If you have never spun a 360 then maybe this one is for you.

Advanced Level: If you already have some skills to be refined, improved and pushed, join this programme taking place on the piste, side hits and park when it opens. As a guide, the required level for this course is to be able to do a moving Ollie and grab comfortably in view to start rotations etc.

Freestyle: on the Piste (intro), in the Park (development) and in the Powder (application).

Get with the Programme:

Get some tricks dialled, open up the stoke valves and set yourself free.

Freestyle requires repetition and practise in order to progress but with my watchful eye, an encouraging peer group and some self/video analysis, this programme is the best way to see your riding level sky rocket. We are looking long-term now, this is an investment in your snowboarding, set yourself on the right path. I’m just there to guide you. Solid fundamentals hold the key to progression and form the basic language of the Programme itself. The basics really do underpin any (sustainable) achievements. Only those who master the rules can rise above and break them- you know, like Neo in the Matrix, Picasso or Nicolas Müller.

Continual development and practise is the only way (like playing the piano) but the great thing is it’s going to be super fun trying!

You might end up achieving your initial goals, and that’s great, but I can guarantee you’ll discover a lot more than you bargained for along the way.

Style is symptomatic of mastery

How it works:

Regular training sessions on, say, Wednesday Afternoon starting at 13:00, venue will change.

Details of the venue, day and exact will be put up as an event on the Horsemouth Snowboarding Facebook page and people comment who is coming or send me a personal message. I’ll then confirm it’s happening.

3 is the magic number.

€30 per person per 3-hour session, minimum 3 people required to run the session (max 8)*. If there are less, we’ll see what we can do, e.g. shorter session duration upon mutual agreement.

Fun, relaxed sessions where your focus (and mine) is on your own performance- a coaching session where people knwo what they have to work on..

Video analysis to review performance: This is an extremely useful tool to see what’s going on when you ride as normally you don’t see yourself… I’ll be there to give tips and a nudge you in the right direction, as will the rest of the group and we’ll keep track of your development path using professinoal training techniques.

Information about changes: Venue setting, day-specific focus and booking will all be on the Horsemouth Snowboarding Facebook page and maybe we’ll set up a What’s App group or something.

Payment: You can pay in cash on the day if you just drop in, but 3 people are required to pay in advance to make sure the session runs.

To give you an idea about what’s to come, here is a non-exhaustive list of strands on the Freestyle Programme:

    • Ollies and Flatland
    • Jumps, grabs and tweaks
    • Kicker building
    • Natural terrain reading and riding
    • Park
    • Piste jibbing
    • Speed jibbing
    • Spins and flips
    • Backcountry freestyle
    • Games and challenges
    • Airbag
    • Intro to boxes
    • Bootpacking
    • Avalanche Awareness
    • Piste Performance/Carving
    • Powder Riding
    • Steeps and Bumps
    • Video making/comps
    • Photo Shoots/comps

If we do get a good crew together I am imagining barbecues, road trips and aperos where we can check out some of the day’s footage and drink some beers together perhaps- these kinds of things should never be forced though…

*This Programme is aimed at Season Pass holders who are regulars to the class. If you do have 3 people looking for others to hang out with and get some tips then feel free to drop in, you are more than welcome. Please get in touch!

People are reminded that snowboarding can be dangerous and although a high level of consideration of objective and subjective risks will be put into place, the risks you take are your own. On this note, you will not be forced to do anything you aren’t comfortable doing and participants are encouraged to say when they are not feeling it. You must have your own insurance in case of injury to you or others and sign the disclaimer. I’d recommend helicopter and off-piste (in-resort) insurance that is covered by most good sports travel insurance policies such as Sport Assur from AGF in Chamonix- it’s €50 or so or the one from Vieux Campeur in Sallanches.

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