Freeride World Tour Calendar Announced! A celebration of 2 fallen athletes.

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OH IT’S ON! BIG TIME!

The calendar is out, it has been unveiled and now the athletes can big their rigorous training regime to ensure they can pip the others to the post and WIN the champions freeride comp.

This year, more so than ever, the FWT team should use every comp stop as a chance to celebrate the lives of the 2 incredible riders that we lost this year, Estelle Balet and Matilda Rapaport. The Freeride World Tour and the Freeride World Qualifiers- that I am a part of are, in their essence, an insanely awesome competition series to be a part of. There is, generally speaking, a lot of LOVE, FRIENDSHIP and GENUINE SUPPORT AND HAPPINESS FOR THE SUCCESS OF OTHER PARTICIPANTS. That is another reason why the freeride world is separate to that of the freestyle. The vibes are great and seen as we a small but buzzing industry, we are about the celebration of this progressive and demanding sport which is FREEride. Estelle and Matilda would want everyone in the FWT and FWQ to continue, with a sense of mindfulness and a new understanding for the elements. These ladies were pioneers and continued to push females in the sport, even to their last days. That is why, this year, let us rejoice that we ever had the honor, the pleasure and the experience of having met or ridden with this incredible women.

So the set up is as followers:

HAMONIX-MONT-BLANC, FRANCE
28.01.2017

VALLNORD-ARCALÍS, ANDORRA
11.02.2017

FIEBERBRUNN, AUSTRIA04.03.2017

HAINES, ALASKA, USA17.03.2017

VERBIER, SWITZERLAND01.04.2017

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the updates when they come in! Then when the dates come along, as I can assure you they will quickly, the summer is already escaping us which is crazzaaayyyyy! before we know it, we will be tuning in to watch the FWT athletes show the world why they are some of the most ore inspiring athletes in the world.

https://www.instagram.com/freerideworldtour/

https://www.facebook.com/FreerideWorldTour

https://twitter.com/FreerideWTour

https://www.youtube.com/user/FreerideWorldTourTV

 

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FATMAP- Make The Switch

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FATMAP- Make The Switch. Have you made it yet?

This little edit shows you are easy and fast it is to use FATMAP. Available to download via smart phone and android, you can start exploring as soon as you are ready, the app will be there for your journey.

Let’s face it, you are going to look sooo much cooler showing your mates all the information available on the app instead of faffing around with a paper map. You don’t even have to tell them that you found the weather and avalanche info from FATMAP, or that you know the best shortcut to get to the apres spot, let them think you have a head full of info!

Check out this edit, It’s going to tell you everything you need to know and why you should “Make The Switch”.

Vaude- The Spirit of Mountain Sports

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I have made a massive error. There is no going back from it.. . .

That mistake was heading to YouTube and thinking to myself, I will just head to my sponsors page- VAUDE. Then I came across “Freeride Haute Route: Freeskiing Extreme Vaude.” It was a mistake because NOW ALL I CAN THINK ABOUT IT WINTER.

My focus now, more so than ever is on the “All Girls Freeride edit” and how I can keep the fun, practical and extreme aspects of this particular edit from VAUDE, then carry it through to my project. This edit is incredibly beautiful, it’s magical in fact; showing the bond of a freeride team/group of friends and the struggle/euphoria for the best descent!

From peak to peak, crossing my favourite mountain zone, from Zermatt to Chamonix, this edit is well worth a watch to see, not only how amazing this area of the alps is but also how Vaude products are you back county best friend.

” The goal is finding yourself. . . . . ”

 

Snooks Wear- Girl Power!

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Snooks, Madness in the method.

Are you ready for the first of its kind, the UK pioneers of a women’s only ski and snowboard brand, for women by women! We can now say, bye bye butterflies, bye bye poker dots and certainly bye bye to gratuitous amounts of pink! Snooks, is a loud and proud brand, flying the flag for the Made in Britain label.

I wanted to take a bit of time to tell all you lovely readers of the Ski Club GB blog, about these ladies because they are starting something that has been long over due. I don’t want to go on a rant about the boundaries and separations in the Snow sports industry, as Susie Beere and Sophie Kelly are not about that, they are not so concerned about the boys; they are more of the `Boys, you do you`, mind set, Susie and Sophie are about looking after the best interest of us girls while out on the mountain.

 

Who are Snooks and How did they come about?

Sick of buying from the men’s sections, the girls noticed a gap in the market. For myself, I have never been a fan of what I call the “Eurofit”- although I am thoroughly proud of my body, I don’t want my snowboard gear to emphasise the curves, that’s for Friday nights in Leeds. Most of what is available on the market doesn’t, for example, cover your bum, feel loose but comfortable around your chest and hips and worst of all, shows what you ate for breakfast. Snooks is for girls who like a more edgy, cool and relaxed fit, which doesn’t seem to be so readily available for girls.  Then Susie and Sophie had a little conflab and decided it was the right time to start a business together; a company that would focus on the concept of- for women, by women-  and I think these ladies have it bang on so far.

 

What is the drive and why is the “Made In Britain” label so important?

The first range is focussed on fit and that is the essential idea that started the whole concept. Then Sophie and Susie addressed some of the most important factors in fit and naturally, headed off the tailors first. They worked together to design something that’s practical and obviously super cute, products that allow plenty of room for layers underneath while still being flattering and comfortable. They manufacture outerwear in the UK, ensuring their gear is super high quality and they are proud to carry the Made in Britain label- these days this label means a lot more, being more environmentally friendly and promoting that all important British craftsmanship.

Susie says, “We hope to grow as a brand that not only represents the female skiers and snowboarders we design for and break down some gender stereotypes that have passed their sell by date… We understand that most female riders don’t want gear covered in pink butterflies, glitter and pretty flowers. Female riders are about way more than that.” Boom, well said Susie!

 

What so important about promoting women over men?

Sophie says, “It is important to us to celebrate women’s achievements in action sports, especially snowboard and skiing, whether it’s British athletes smashing it on the podium, or your first timer stacking it on a kicker. Hey at least you tried! We want to reflect this in our marketing. Representative not idealistic. . . . ”

I think men have it covered, in the UK in particular, we have some incredible male athletes in the snow sports sector, Billy Morgan, Jamie Woods to name but two, showing the world what British athletes have to offer but now its time for a little female promotion. That Is what Snooks want, as a brand they want to shout about female achievement, however little or big, yayyy for the lasses!

 

How does the Future look for Snooks?

Winter 2016/17 looks like its going to be THE winter for these girls. Now live online with their first line we can get in there and get our outfits for next winter sorted with some awesome prices. These ladies will be touring across the country, so that everyone will get the chance to find out a little bit more about this amazing brand. Watch this space as Snooks- Madness in the Method is coming for you!

https://www.snookswear.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/snooksuk

https://www.instagram.com/thesnooksgirls/

 

 

#ThrowBackThursday-FATMAP Launch Edit

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It’s time for  “Throw Back Thursday”! I am thinking back to the awesome time I spent in Verbier, filming with the FATMAP squad. Not only is everyone who works for that company- the nicest group of people but the app has revolutionized the way I ride. The app allows you to plot your progress, check your lines and discover the mountain through new eyes. Chilling on the mountain with this guys was a real pleasure.

Check out the final edit here. . . .

 

Follow them on social media and find out how Fatmap can make your next day on the mountain simply amazing, regardless of your level!

https://www.facebook.com/fatmapski

https://twitter.com/fatmapski

https://www.instagram.com/fatmapski/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVLMQjeeN5S1nZuTWLtZjlg

 

#winterisback #allgirlsfreerideedit Back on the Filming

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Finally, it seems winter has returned to us and I couldn’t be happier. Every thing seems to be falling into place which means its time to get my focus back onto filming and making this all girls edit happen. The lovely Tijn is bringing her Dutch Freeriding butt back to me so we can have a few days getting as much done as we can. I am so looking forward to a fun packed schedule, which I am just refining as we speak. The weather seems to be on our side for the most part, giving us 2 weather windows on Monday and Tuesday- giving us a chance to do some helidrops, ski all my favourite lines and do some very much deserved eating and drinking. With the help of the locals and some of my favourite spots in town and on the mountain, we should be able to get some much needed material, to showcase this incredible town. Tijn will be back in the end of March and then we can continue filming and perhaps expand our efforts to my other top spots of Courmayeur, Champoluc and Gressoney. Until then, check out our schedule and if you are around come and join us!

Sunday (Bad Vis Day, Snow and unstable conditions)

– Sun Rise Yoga session

-Early Morning Tour up to Cielo Alto  then descend to the Cielo Alto Lift

– Cielo Alto to shred the forrest

-Sunday Dinner up at Alpage  http://www.alpage-cervinia.com/

Monday (Blue Bird Day, Sun More stable Conditions)

-Heli Ski with the Heliski Cervinia Office guided by Nicola Himself!  http://www.heliskicervinia.com/content_e.asp?ID=4

-Apres Ski At Principe http://www.principedellenevi.com/

Tuesday (Slightly Overcast More stable Conditions)

– Hike and Ski tour to the Bontadini Couloir

-The Plateau Rosa Old life pass station Line

-Lunch at Chalet Etoile http://www.chaletetoile.it/

-The Cimme Bianchi line

-Theodlo Pass

-Dinner at Lo Copa Pan http://www.locopapan.eu/

Wednesday (Rest Day- Editing Day)

-Tijn Departs today so we will spend the morning ensuring we have all the material we needed and planning her next visit at the end of the month.

 

Filming, Fatmap, Vaude and Mojo Clothing

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Hey Everyone,

I thought it would be a great time to give you all a little update on the All girls Freeride Project and my filming and collaborative work with Fatmap and other sponsors.

I am a little late with this update but better late than never right, plus its not like you readers hang on every word I say and are very disappointed indeed with the fact its a 2 weeks after the filming and now I’m telling you about it. Any who, before the beautiful and lovely Tijn jetted off back to Amsterdam for work, we drove over to Verbier to try and gather some footage for our film. We heard on the grape vine that the snow was epic and we had a small window before a.) The temperature rose and killed the pow and B.) All the lines became cut up. So off we went, and my gosh am I glad we did. Not only did we get some excellent footage for the snow covered mountains but also we had for one day, knee deep powder. I cant even begin to tell you how grateful I am for that, that one day was enough to keep me going until the real snow arrives; which is now due to arrive on New Years day which I think is rather poetic. After that first freeski day we hooked up with the hero’s from Fatmap to take part in the filming for their promo Edit. I don’t want to give anything away but this short film will showcase to the world how awesome the app is and how it works, all the features and why its the only Mountain App you need. Team GB Sam Allen, Tijn and I showed the Verbier mountain who was boss that day! The edit will drop soon so hang on to your hats and helmets!

On the sponsor front I could not be happier, I am truly blessed at the moment by the opportunity to work with some amazing companies, of which I was the up most respect and excitement for. First up we have Vaude, hailing from Germany and recently named Germany’s most Eco friendly company they have been designing and creating bespoke products for over 40 years. They take pride in their products, boasting an ethic that puts nature and sustainability and the forefront of their company. If you are like me and love the outdoors and the preservation and growth of our environment then Vaude is the brand for you- oh and the clothes are super cool, FACT!

Then we have the most recent colab with MOJO clothing. Joe has been bossing it on the apparel front for a while now, if you check him and MOJO on Instagram you can see, their clothes are so well deigned they are not just for the mountain. I like my clothes bright and bold and MOJO is perfect for helping both you and I show the mountain our colourful personalities. For that I am stoked to be moving forward with this innovative brand!

So on that note, thanks everyone so far for all your support, you guys rock my world. Have a blooming smashing Christmas and keep the stoke. Winter is coming I just know it!

Vaude: http://www.vaude.com/en-FI/home/

Vaude Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/vaudesport/

MOJO: http://www.mojosclothing.com/

MOJO Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/mojosclothing/

 

 

 

Hey Everyone and happy Friday,

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to finally lay the rumours to rest and let the world know our plans.

I am so happy to tell everyone about our Movie making escapades. My beautiful and talented friend Tijn Vuijk and I will produce a freeride edit. The most important aspect is that it is ALL GIRLS and unlike the likes of the soon to drop Jamie Anderson full moon project, which I know will rock our worlds I’m sure; this edit is approachable, its about girls that you know, friends and ladies of the world who have desire, passion and strength to do exactly want they want to do. Tijn and I have ideas for how we want this to look; we want to be bright, colourful and girly- great outfits and europop. We want girls both in the snow sports world and out of it,to see the edit and and feel inspired about how fun and accessible freeride can be. This is a discipline that I survive on, I eat, sleep and dream of the best decent, this edit will show how to spot and plan the best lines, how to train and much more.  We have been over whelmed with the positive response so far with the Valle D’Aosta Tourist board and the Lift pass office, it seems this edit may just become the new official promo material for the valley, showcasing its culture, natural beauty and Freeride Potential as well as how clumsy and silly us girls are. Tijn and I have been super busy already trying to make the most of our time together, the snow is falling as we speak will beautiful, glorious flakes that will bless us with some amazing options for next week.

We will be posting regularly on Instagram, Facebook, twitter and on Youtube and Vimeo, so check out our progress and let us know what you think. We always want to hear peoples thoughts so don’t be afraid to share.

Visit http://www.tijnvuijk.com for more info on my lovely Dutch gals travels.Schermafbeelding 2015-11-19 om 17.33.14.png

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/angelicasykesuk

Instagram: https://instagram.com/angelicasykesuk/

Blog: https://angelicasykesuk.wordpress.com/

FWT Bio: http://freerideworldqualifier.com/riders/angelica-sykes

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCY3R6I3UvLe4GL1sulNGKiw?

Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/user39690629

 

 

 

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The Calm Before the Storm

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I don’t have an awful lot to say this time round, but I’ve just come back from a pretty hearty Yoga Session down by the lake and I wanted to share it with you. You see, I can feel the anxiety and stress of life build up on me so quickly, if I don’t have an outlet, which normally is physical activity, I begin to feel the strain of reality. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I do find reality, the normality of everyday, very scary indeed. When I have activity or training to focus on, I have I way to steady my thoughts on something I have control over; my own strength, my own potential and how far I can push myself.  image image

Any how, this evening after some incredible electrical thunder storms, I saw a gap in the weather and thought the newly cool temperature would be perfect for an evening Yoga and Meditation session. It doesn’t happen offen but man I was right, self five, it was the best idea ever. Sadly the more complex poses towards the latter part of my session were not caught on the GoPro as the sun went down and not even the moonlight shone bright enough. However while I focused and dedicated myself to my time on the Matt I felt a sense of a metorphorical and literal, “calm before the storm”. Not only is the lightening about to strike again but I must treasure these moments of quiet simplicity. The winter is rapidly approaching, and at a speed I can’t quite comprehend. Before I know it, it will be Ocotber and time to head back to Cervinia for some altitude training. I owe it to myself, my family and friends (who have been such a massive support), my now sponsors, and potential sponsors so work as hard as I can. Speaking of sponsors . . . . .  Things are certainly looking up. Stay tuned and I shall let you guys know the deets very soon.

Peace and love.

Keep myself centred and Learning the art of Meditation-Summer Training

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Hello Beautiful People,

I hope everyone is fairing well, here in Italy it’s proving to be a long hot summer but you’re surely not to hear any complaints from me. I just wanted to check in with you guys and ensure everyone is making the most of the summer, we can’t all count the minutes to winter; however it’s all gone a bit quiet in the twitter-sphere regarding pow shots and debates about whether the quad cork ruined snowboarding, (it didn’t but whatever).

In the mean time I’m trying to explore in more detail-

La Rocca

La Rocca

image image  a part of myself I thought was a myth, an unachievable reality if you will. I will begin by saying, a lot of my friends or colleagues along the years would argue they know me well, I just have one issue with this-they say I am hot headed and classically Italian in that way. However, whether that be the reality or not, due to my sufferings with anxiety, I never provoke people, I never enter in confrontation and tend to steer away from negativity as I can get so easily poisoned by it.

What as been helping, is what I spoke about in my last entry, YOGA! It rocks man, not only that I am trying to meditate. Everyone gets that feeling where you think your head could simply explored with all the thoughts in your head, both positive and not so. I have found meditation has helped me rationalise the thoughts, decide which need to be deblt with immediately or which I can discard as being of no benefit to me. I tend to simply sit on my matt in the cross legged position with some candles and now distraction and allow my thoughts to drift into a nothing. I give thanks to everything I have around me and remind my self to be grateful. It seems to be working, I feel relaxed.

I have been doing some cardio intense work-outs as well as it must be a balancing act to ensure I’m in the correct physical condition for the winter as well as mental. I cycle daily and last week completed a casual 60km without too much hassle. Today I did my own little triathlon, I cycle to Garda, a hike to La Rocca then a magical yoga session. I have attached some unimpressive snapshots. Don’t Judge to harshly.

On that note. . . . .

Sleep well all, remember to follow me on twitter and like my Facebook page AND THEN if you are not too exhausted from all the clicking, head to my YouTube page.

Peace and love.