Snoooooow!

Val Thorens today, 29 October!

Wow, what a weekend! Pictures have been flying around the internet showing just how much snow has been falling across the Alps! There has been half a metre of fresh in some places, with even more forecast! What’s even better is that it was accompanied by extremely cold temperatures which has allowed it to settle, right down to the valley floors. Surely this has got to bode well for a great start to the season?!

Opening day at Mt Norquay, Banff

Over in North America, conditions are also looking fantastic, with the season already in full in full flow in certain resorts. Mt Norquay in Banff opened on 25th October, two weeks ahead of its scheduled opening date, making it their earliest ever opening! Conditions in Vail also look fantastic, with knee high powder already over in Blue Sky Basin!

Knee deep powder in Blue Sky Basin, Vail – 25 October

There was even snow in central London this weekend, with Freeze Festival going off at Battersea power station. The snow might have been artificially produced, but freezing temperatures added a true authenticity! Festival goers were able to marvel at some of the world’s best riders hitting the gravity defying kicker, assembled from scaffolding, which was awe inspiring in itself! The standard of riding was incredible with the likes of Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan, Dom Harrington and Cody Hierons making light work of the monster kicker. The best result for the home crowd was Billy Morgan taking first place in the International Big Air: the first Brit to do so in 5 years!

Jamie Nicholls at Freeze. Photo: Ian Ashmore

There were also some pretty massive headline acts to complement the riding, with DJ Shadow and the mighty Public Enemy taking to the stage after dark. All in all, the general consensus seems to be that this was the best Freeze yet!

It’s impossible not to be excited about the start of the season after a weekend like that!

Was anyone at Freeze? What was your highlight? Got any trips to the snow planned? Leave a comment and let us know… Let’s share the excitement!!

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