09/07/2010 | by Uli Köhler
The best spots to ride this summer.
If you’re still jonesing for the shred, stop bitching: get yourself to a glacier and have at it. Summer riding is way more awesome than having a pint glass cracked over your head watching 22 guys chase a ball, or scrapping with the most selfish humans on the planet for sloppy waves. We’ll be bringing you one spot each day for the next 8 days, starting with Les Deux Alpes.
Though summer ‘camps’ aren’t as popular as they were back in the day, there’s still a fair few knocking about – notably in Les 2 Alpes – but that’s not to say that the glacier crews are any less pumped to shape killer parks in spots without camps. You’ll just have to rock up and sort out your own digs and aftershred activities. It’s not exactly rocket science. Fly, drive or save the planet and car share with people like mountainrideshare.com or go-shred.com
“Summer snowboarding’s great because you can ride in the mornings and hang out in the warm sunshine in the afternoon and do cool things like archery and luging and play football and go skateboarding!” That’s what they usually honk. And they’d be right. But you can also get into great fights with homies from Grenoble, get herpes off some loved up Scando celebrating mid-summer and perhaps, if you’re lucky, get to see one of the glacier town ‘locals’ ambling around dragging their knuckles though the trail of their drool. It’s a mixed bag.
Nah, slushy summer sessions are seriously epic. Pack your sunscreen, some water and a wifebeater and prepare your self for late-night partying and early starts. And, whisper it, you can score pow every now and then, too. Here’s what 2 Alpes has to offer…
Les 2 Alpes
Open June 16 to end of August, Les Deux Alpes is located close to Grenoble and has a huge glacial area up to 3600m high where you’ll find one of summer’s most expansive terrain parks. This year the crew improved the Beginners’ Area, shifted the BoarderCross track, and the pipe and pro lines will benefit from the snow harvesting done all winter. 2 Alpes is camp town, with Brotherhood, Forum, Protest Coliflor, Rip Curl, Apo, Burton and more having camps offering package deals that include different combos of accommodation, passes, coaching, testing, aftershredding and partying for varying budgets. Adult day pass is €33.50.
- Kicker 20m
- Kicker 15m
- Kicker 16m/14m
- rail selection
- 2 kickers, 8-12m
- multipurpose table
- series of 3 rails
- 4 tables followed by a series of rails to the foot of the Soreiller ski tow. Also 2 lines of 3 rails and a SHRED area with a lot of little modules in a skateboard spirit.
- 22 foot Superpipe (6.50m x 140m) plus a smaller pipe for beginners.