5 Resorts To Visit In Northern Italy- A Freeriders Dream

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5 Resorts To Visit In Northern Italy- A Freeriders Dream

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“You may have the universe if I may have Italy”. Giuseppe Verdi What a perfect quote to summarize the unique and inspiring feelings one gets when you visit Italy. From Rome to Florence, from Naples to Turin and Milan, from sea to mountains Italy is something else. For a lot of the British public in particular, when you think of a classic ski holiday, we automatically think of France or Austria but there are those among us Brits that are, in the know, so to speak. I spend my life in the mountains and most of my year in Italy and and although all these resorts are virtually on my doorstep, I still consider myself immensely lucky to visit these resorts. Not only because I have the benefit of gazing up at the ore inspiring scenery but also because I can discover the most secrets lines!

 

Courmayeur

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Situated on the French/Italian border, at the mouth on the Monte Bianco tunnel, Courmayeur is blessed with tree lined runs, restaurants and bars to rival any major Italian city and scenery for days! Let’s break it down by what’s important as we only want a small summary: you can pick up a pizza and a beer and lunch for about 15€in total, the lift passes are moderately priced but the freeride potential, man, that’s where courmayeur stands out. Taking the James Bond style cable car up to Cresta Youla and beyond to the tippy top and Cresta Arp, you are greeted with the feeling of being top of the world, staring down into the wild, deserted, unpopulated backcountry area. For more info on where to stay, head to the tourism website or check out Air b&b. Be sure to be up first lift and enjoy a full days ski to take in everything this amazing resort has to offer.

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Gressoney

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A real secret spot, a hidden gem, nestled in the heart of the Aosta Valley, Gressoney is slowly receiving the notoriety it deserves on the freeride scene. However, selfishly, many of us who know and love the resort, would rather this resort stay in the shadows. Home to a freeride zone full of countless lines. By taking a few lifts away from the main body of the resort, you have unprecedented access to breathtaking views and really exciting terrain. The freeride zone is home of amazing open faces above the tree line, jumps and cliffs plus many a touring adventures! So, Pizza and beer wise? A little cheaper, you’re looking about 12€, ideal to save some pennies as there is no apres ski either. Although, after a day shredding the freeride zone, no doubt you will be heading for a chilled beer in front on the fire, back at your accommodation. For more info, click here to head to the tourism website.

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Pila

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Pila, oh Pila, a resort that is very close to my heart. As you climb the mountain and the valley drops away behind, it reveals the most imposing mountain range. With impeccable tree lined runs, perfect corduroy runs, steep, dotted with mouth watering bars and restaurants plus some amazing backcountry lines, you have a recipe for the Italian Dolce Vita! As freeriders we pay little attention to the piste but pila is worth having a little shred, the runs are a little steeper than the rest of the valley and with the literally PERFECTLY groomed piste, you can really let your hair down and accelerate. It’s rather funny, whenever i visit, with my freeride friends in tow, we cause a lot of stress of the piste police, ripping around at full speed, to take advantage on the conditions. Heading up to the Couis 2 chair lift, you have 360 views of The Matterhorn, Monte Bianco, Gran San Bernard and Monte Rosa, the most impressive panorama! Watch out for the secret freeride spots around Couis 1 and Couis 2, grab your touring equipment and head on up! Grab a pizza and a beer for around 10€ here and stay cheap too! Click here to visit the tourism website!

Chamois

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Chamois lives in the shadow of Cervinia but we like is that way, included on the Cervinia pass but just 20 minutes down the road, Chamois is a locals secret! Chamois has long since been the spot that local freeriders head too, a day or 2 after a large fall to enjoy the undisturbed peace and tranquility above the clouds. Noone skies Chamois after a big snowfall which is the biggest shame/gift! The pass is cheaper and you can snap up the pizza and a lunch time beer for about 10€. We have driven down to enjoy the touring/snowshoeing opportunities and we have not been disappointed with the conditions. You still have the incredibly iconic views of the Matterhorn which is a true sight for sore eyes!  Click here for more info.

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La Thuile

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Bordering with the sensational resort of La Rosiere, La Thuile is a really eclectic mix of the Italian and the French! La Thuile offers challenging piste skiing and the difficulty level is nicely reflected in the backcountry. I am always stoked to see when pro riders film in La Thuile which the Petit brother did back in 2015, they found some amazing spots, great pillow lines and other exciting features just waiting to be discovered. Your pizza and beer lunch will be about €15 here, prices on the mountain are a little more expensive due to the growing tourist industry in the resort but that also means after a longs days shredding, there will be plenty of life in the pubs for some Italian style apres ski! Stay in the planibel complex to keep the cost down or treat yourself to a cozy chalet, either way, more info can be found on the tourism website!

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Okay, so basically this list is narrowed down to just the Aosta Valley but after 7 seasons in the area, you get to know a thing or 2; that is what freeriding is all about, sharing the knowledge, the secrets and the low. After all, the Aosta Valley is a gem in the southern alps.

 

Be sure to hit me up with a message if you want to know more, I am here to answer any questions you may have about the area. Be sure to send me your images if you have been before! I would LOVE TO SEE!

Until next time. . .

 

Big love to the Aosta Valley tourist board for the images! For further details on the creds, message me!

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The Blog Awards

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Hello Wonderful People,

 

Long time no speak, So sorry for sucking with the blog as of late. I know I have been absolutely useless with letting you know what I am up too and talking though the issues of the world!

Not to worry as I am totally back on it, I have some blogs stock piled and ready to go in the run up to Christmas. But until then, I need your help! My blog has been selected to be shortlisted for the Trespass Blog Awards! All you have today, is head online, following the link  http://www.trespass.com/blog-awards-nominations.

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Stay tuned for tomorrow and I will be bringing you an update on filming and being back in the mountains.

Until then, Follow that link and VOTE FOR ME!

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#IF3London- International Freeski Film Festival Countdown

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I am so excited for this event. It’s literally going to be amazing. It’s pretty much the only thing that is going to help us get our pre-season stoke on. No matter where you are in the UK, get your cheeky off-peak train booked and let’s make this an unforgettable night.

So what am I banging on about I hear you say? Well, it’s only the best freeski film event ever! Imagine it: beer, popcorn, snowsports athletes, the big screen and ridiculously cool vibes all in one room- well then there you have the Internation Freeski Film Festival!

Offically- Fatmap Presents The International Freeski Film Festival; Fatmap will for sure be putting on a show! They invited me along to run their Instagram so I will be going utterly snap mad; interviewing the athletes, catching a glimpse at some of the best freeski releases and getting up close and personal we the good people of Landan town!Be the first to see the movies on the big screen, meet the athletes, check out our sponsors stalls, win prizes in the raffle & even get snowed on!

MOVIES & ATHLETES

 

  • “Backyards” by PVS Company
    Presented on stage by athletes Sam Favret, Fabian Bodet, Julien Herry and film makers Alex Blaise, Maxime Moulin, Niels St Viteux, Theo Delarche, Fred Rousseau, Mat Bourgeois, Jr Ceron, David Lacote & Pauline Beauchamps
  • “Enjoy the Ride” by Perspective studios
    Presented on stage by Director Ross Welch and athletes Callum Welch & Elia Mitalas

  • Exclusive edit from “Characters on skis’ by Midiafilm
    Presented on stage by Neil David Williman, Felix Wiemers & Julia Neumann

  • “Domestic Playground” by Next Generation Media
    Presented on stage by Ola Kjos Sollie Emil Skjeslien Larsen Jens Erik Stokke Herman Ørstenvik Fjøss & Steffen Rosén Olsen

 

After all of that, we have the apres ski! Courtesy of Snowboxx, you just know the after party is going to go off!
Tickets include access to our onsite after party hosted by Snowboxx festival with a host of alpine drinks, Dogtown hot dogs, magician, apres ski DJs, live sax player, shot skis & beer pong

Tickets from £12 available from www.subzeroevents.com

FATMAP l Telegraph Ski & Board l Ellis Brigham l K2 l Mute Collective l Snowboxx Festival l Snow-camp

Follow Fatmap on Instagram Fatmap on Instagram to follow the evening if you can’t make it.

Otherwise, see ya there. . . .

 

Ready For The Winter

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Right, that’s it, I’m done, I’m out. I want to send an automated response email out to life that reads simply, “Gone Snowboarding- Expect delayed response, but don’t get your hopes up, see ya PEACE.”

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I am so tired. I thought I would be totally fine working without a day off for 7/8 Months but it’s officially hit me. It will all slow down in October as I finish helping my parents out at their business and I will just be working with the charity and a few other social media jobs which I will say I LOVE. I am not for one second suggesting I don’t want to be doing what I’m doing, I am so lucky so work with some amazing brands helping with them get their message out to the world and I am so stoked to keep working with them until the cows come home.

BUT

I am hearing that call of the mountains. It’s literally all I hear day in day out. The other day- This is the most bitch ass story every- I saw a really cool photo of the Matterhorn and I CRIED LIKE A LITTLE BABY! Not one sorry trickle down my check while listening to cold play “Fix You”, nah, it was full blown tears.

 

Being home has taught me so much about myself, I have not spent this much time in the UK since I was 17 and that was 7 years ago. I am driving my parents mad but I have loved being with them, they are legit awesome people. I am also so grateful for finding the jobs I did, I didn’t have to work in a dead end job I hate for the summer, I have done something I love but I am ready for my next adventure.

 

That’s all really, all I wanted to say. The countdown is on, this weekend in Germany with my gal Kate Brady, then to Malawi with @LoveSupportUnite and then chilling at the ski and snowboard show with my pals at @snookswear and @fatmap.

 

Will be snap chatting the heck out of the beautiful cities on Bonn and Cologne this weekend and getting massively snap happy in Malawi so follow me on Instagram and Snapchat!

 

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IT IS ALWAYS WORTH IT

Fatmap Introduce Their Summer Map Program.

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Hey All,

Good news for all you mountain lovers out there. You don’t need to wait until winter to get your adrenaline filled mountain adventures.

Fatmap has now introduced it’s “Summer Maps”! It’s really exciting for hikers and MTBers alike. Providing you with the same bespoke, detailed and easy to use interactive maps but with a much more green back drop!

This is what Fatmap had to say about it:

FATMAP SUMMER: WHAT’S NEW?

Download BETA versions of our new summer maps before our major release in 2017, here’s what you can experience on the hill…

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STUNNING 3D MAPS WITH SUMMER IMAGERY

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HIKING, BIKING AND MOUNTAINEERING ROUTES CONTRIBUTED BY OUR COMMUNITY OF MOUNTAIN PROFESSIONALS

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ACCESS DETAILED TERRAIN INTELLIGENCE FOR EVERY INCH OF THE MOUNTAIN

ON FOOT

GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK  WITH 3D HIKING MAPS

  • Access detailed information on hiking routes in each area
  • Check altitude and gradient to plan new and challenging routes
  • BETA: Track and share your progress to get feedback on your adventures

ON BIKE

FIND THE PERFECT DOWNHILL OR CROSS-COUNTRY TRAIL WITH 3D MOUNTAIN BIKE MAPS

  • Discover the major downhill and cross-country tracks with detailed route descriptions
  • Identify risks along the trail with terrain intelligence
  • BETA: Record your sessions to check top speed, max gradient and total vertical

 

Check out this edit as a little preview of how it works!

I AM ON SNAPCHAT- It’s happening in a big way.

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I am on SNAPCHAT!

I could leave it there, you know “I am on Snapchat, that’s it, the end!” But no, that’s not how I roll!

I am legit excited about this and I wanted to share it with all you beautiful and most radical blog readers, all 5 of you. I spend so much time on Snapchat and on social media in general both with work and with my own platforms as an athlete. I have the virtue of seeing how the industry moves and how quickly it changes. Now I love my socials, they all serve a good purpose, Facebook is for sharing all sorts of stuff I see, interesting snow sports content. Twitter is for interacting with my fav people and brands and Insta, well Instagram is my pride and joy. I work really hard to keep everything looking smart and to ensure the pictures really embody who I am as a rider and as a person. But Snapchat, that little wiley minx, is truly the instant social media app.

I love seeing what everyone is up to, especially like my yoga hero’s or other sports people. It also feels so personal when someone snaps to you or when you interact with your followers. I always snap people back if they send me a snap, well I certainly try! So add me, ask me questions, let me know what you are up too but also you will get to see what I am up to on the daily.

Whats coming up?

I am heading to Riva Del Garda for a week of filming on Yoga, Running, SUP and MTB. Through August I will be posting plenty of good foods from my new collab with a certain brand- which I will tell you about very soon. I will be training in Yoga, weights and cardio and then in OCTOBER I AM HEADING TO MALAWI ON A VOLUNTEER TRIP- More info of which is coming very soon so watch this space! THEN!!- Its time for the ski and snowboard show with the lovely people at @fatmapski and @snookswear (follow them on insta) and after I’m off back to Cervinia to start filming immediately. I will be tearing up that glacier like a vegan taco! ARGH CAPITAL LETTERS TO CONVEY MY EXCITEMENT AT HOW MUCH IS GOING ON! This winter is going to rock on so many levels.

Join me on my journey, lets be adventure buddies and get ready for the winter together.

Snapchat: angelicasykes

Instagram: @angelicasykesuk

 

Peace!

 

Filming, Riva Del Garda- Summer Training Edit

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Hey everyone.

 

I hope all is well. I am so excited about this project I have been working on and I just had to tell you guys all about it! I have created a brief for you guys to have a look at so you know what’s coming.

Now some of you will know that a good few years ago now I lived and worked in Riva at the northern most tip of Lake Garda. Last year I was of course in Bardolino but Riva will be where my heart lies. It is steeped in natural beauty and with a wealth of culture and undeniable summer vibes, I simply had to head back there for my next filming project.

This summer, I am making a real focus towards health, well being and vitality. Riva was always a place where  felt all those concepts came together. Don’t get me wrong, within the context on “Summer Training” I don’t train like this all summer, but the edit will show some activities you can do to stay fit and healthy during the down season. You don’t need the literally incredible back drop of Lake Garda for running, yoga and MTB but for the purpose of project, it certainly helps.

I will be blogging, Snapchatting and instagramming the whole week so I hope you beautiful people will come with me on my adventures. Add Snapchat “Angelica Sykes” and follow me on Instagram @angelicasykesuk.

I am also really stoked to hang out with a coll crew. With a couple of my besties living out there, I simply can’t wait to kick back and enjoy a little slice of summer heaven with them!

Summer Training Edit- How to Stay Season Fit and Keep Motivated During The Summer Months 🌊

Location: Riva Del Garda, Tenno, Arco.

Discipline: Yoga, Trail running, MTB, Paddle Boarding and Wind Surfing.

Theme: Pop Music, Social Media, Bright colours, big smiles, style and practicality, health and fitness- good food.

Collaborations: Vaude, Sweaty Betty, SunGod optics, Naturya, Fatmap and Bloc eyewear.

Social Media Platforms: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Youtube, Vimeo

Length: 5 -7 minutes

Camera Equipment: GoPro 4 Silver, TomTom Bandit, Canon

Filmers: TBC

Photographers: TBC

Editiors: TBC

Music: ” The Work” By Rudimental and Beating Heart (I am close with the production company that made the record so I can use this awesome summer tune!)  Check it out on YouTube now!

Notes: Strong photography, emphasis on the natural beauty of the area and inner and outer strength on females in sport- big smiles and lots of love!

Layout and Over View:

This edit will be set in one of my favourite spots in the world. Riva Del Garda is drenched in natural beauty and is steeped in sporting opportunity. At the most northern point of Lake Garda it has ideal conditions for some of my favourite sports. I want the edit to show how hard athletes work in the off season to ensure they stay season fit, this means the summer is really valuable to keep you at the top of your game. I have myself been working on toning up and improving my muscle mass and becoming lighter in general so the activities in the edit will show how to make this happen. The brands involved are ones that share the same love- a love for the outdoors, staying active and being in nature. Sweaty Betty will bring the style element to yoga and paddle boarding, allowing your personality to show with big prints. Vaude makes eco friendly, practical and great pieces for MTB, showing how you can still show your feminine side in a very manly sport. Sungod make the best and most awesome sunnies, you can customise your lenses and frames to match your personality. Naturya will help me show the nutritional back ground to the theme; going vegan was obviously an important progression in my training however it doesn’t mean everyone has to follow suit, although diet and nutrition is massively important in complimenting a great workout regime. The food is incredible on the lake and the wealth of natural, fresh produce is ample- I am thinking fruity morning smoothies and lots of bright and happy food.

Day 1- Afternoon arrival. Jog along the lake front to Torbole then surf club for drinks with the girls.

Day 2- Early Morning Yoga, followed by Paddle Boarding. Wind Surfing in the afternoon.

Day 3- Steep up hill cycle to Lago di Tenno, Swim in the chalk lake. Evening yoga.

Day 4- Early Morning jog as the sun comes up. MTB to “Maroche”- my favourite route.

Day 5- Early morning Yoga by the Bastione (Uphill hike 25 minute for views out over the lake). More paddle boarding and cliff jumping into the lake.

Day 6- Garda Land and the Water Park with the team!

Day 7- Cannoning in the lakes behind Riva.

Home time.

Like Freeride? Love Gressoney Monte Rosa

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Hey All,

 

I hope this blog post finds you well. It appears I have become the unofficial walking talking tourist board of the Aosta Valley and I am fine with it. I thought I didn’t want anyone to know about the hidden gems on the valley or why the Aosta Valley has been secretly attracting the worlds best free-riders, under the radar, allowing them to enjoy the ore-inspiring natural beauty, food, culture and endless free ride possibilities.

Gressoney is a solid favorite of mine, along with Champoluc and Pila these small, quiet and undisturbed resorts offer everything a freerider would want. We want peace, we want a no queue lift system and we want terrain in abundance- if these items are on your checklist then Gressoney is the place for you!

“Based at the center of the Monterosa ‘three valleys’, Gressoney is actually two villages: Gressoney-La-Trinité and Gressoney-Saint-Jean. Champoluc and Alagna are also part of the Monterosa ski circuit, a large network of lifts and pistes, and some great off-piste terrain. Despite its excellent ski area, all three resorts are unspoiled and quiet, with a friendly, authentic Italian ambiance. As such, Monterosa is considered by many to be one of Europe’s best kept secrets. – See more at: http://aosta-valley.co.uk/destinations/gressoney/#sthash.KXIi7r1i.dpuf

Visit this link too for more info on booking and why this should be on your holiday hit list whatever your ability in freeride: http://aosta-valley.co.uk/destinations/gressoney/

 

Breuil Cervinia, a Skiers Paradise

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BIG ANNOUNCEMENT, BIG SURPRISE, SOMETHING I HAVE NEVER EVER MENTIONED BEFORE- SECRET SHARING TIME. . . . . . .

I LOVE CERVINIA! IT’S MY FAVORITE RESORT IN THE WORLD. Finally I can get that off my chest.

Oh wait, You already knew that? I’ve said it before on like every blog post I have ever made? Oh. Right. Well when you feel love like this, you just cant stay quiet about it, you must shout about it from the roof tops or mountain tops. . . . .  oh man, I need to get myself a boyfriend haha! 

Any who!-Thought I would share this little video from the “LoveVDA” YouTube Channel.

If you wish to know everything there is to know about this most inspiring and majestic of mountain towns, head to my blog page dedicated to the resort: https://angelicasykesuk.wordpress.com/cervinia/

I have written a little paragraph on all the topics you would need to know as a Seaonnaire, a tourist and beyond. Lift Pass types, bars, restaurants, freeride and slopes, plus much more, you can find it all out here!

In the mean time enjoy. . . . .

 

#LOVEVDA The Magical Aosta Valley

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The Valle d’Aosta,

 

This valley used to be somewhere I just visited with my family while growing up. Every year without fail, heading to my favorite destinations, Champoluc, Courmayer and beyond. My parents certainly fell in love, thus why we continued to go back. My affair began to spark too! I just can’t get enough of the culture, the food, the atmosphere and above all the breathtaking mountain back drop. This is why, no matter where my career as a Pro Snowboarder takes me, I will ALWAYS have a base here, IT IS HOME. Whenever I leave, I leave a part of myself and a part of my history on how i came to me the athlete I am today. If anyone ever asks, why the Aosta Valley, I can refer them to these links.

Love Valle d’Aosta, LOVE V D A!

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visitdaosta

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