21/04/2011 | by Uli Köhler
DC shipped in their A-List pro team to shred down in the spring conditions blessing the DC Area 43 in Les Houches last week. Check out what went down, and stay tuned for the video edit – dropping soon!
As a way to celebrate the winding-down of a season in which most of their top riders had enjoyed one of the best pow-filled in the celebrated spot of Whistler, DC decided to organize a massive spring-time gathering in a slushy Les Houches, near Chamonix, on the Area 43 DC park.
It was spring-like indeed, but despite the conditions, DC house daddy Jesus and his crew of shapers managed to pull together a pretty fun set up consisting of a massive jib box, a hip and double table with a mini ramp in it – yes the DC skaters were here too – plus an air bag, and a pretty gnarly jib zone in the woods.
120 people – DC staff, distributors, shops and media – were put in a hotel up the mountain right under the European rooftop of Mont Blanc, and were shuttled in late at night by snow cat with all the gear for 3 days of park shredding, night riding, tanning, music and even poker.
Rumors at the X Games in Tignes a few days before were saying la crème de la crème of the DC dream team would show up. And guess what? They were all true. Nevertheless, priority was given to Torstein Horgmo for his one and only day on the Area 43 park to ride the hip-transfomed-to-table feature, while skaters Jeremy Gymblat and Julien Bechet were dancing to the beat of the riders to score double action in the minramp. Flawless BS7s were on the menu for Horgmo, before the now classic – but still impressive and oh-so fluid – double cork 10.
But Torstein was not alone. The rest of the Scandi troops like Sondre Tiller and Iikka Backström were also sessionning all day… and were still motivated when it came time to party in the basement of The Shining-esque Apas Hotel on Col de Voza. Torstein definitely bagged the prize for the Most Efficient Rider, as he bent the park to his will, partied late, took a flight to the US the next morning. And posted a video of him shredding in Tahoe two days after!
Lauri Heiskari was then up with the crew for the rest of the Shred Days. Actually, we’ve seen so many riders in those few days that I’m pretty sure we’ll forget some… Torstein of course, but also Devun Walsh, Iikka Backström, Lauri Heskari, Aaron Biittner, Mathieu Schaer, Florent Marot, Dimitri Biau, Petr ‘Gold’Orak, Philip Strauss, Clemens S, Sondre Tiller… Boom. It was a pretty all-time crew, and then you had the skaters, the locals and more. There was certainly a lot of talent on the spot…
The night session was also pretty epic, until someone (not a rider, someone) made a stupid bet and nearly exploded, landing on his neck. Fortunately enough, he was not badly hurt and the session could go on with the big sound of DJ ‘Malik’.
The last day was all about bagging content and other ‘concept pictures’, that you’ll probably see throughout next season’s issues. Sorry, can’t say more hehe… And we couldn’t really end up a stay in the Chamonix Valley without a few drinks at the infamous Soulfood Bar, where photographer Fred ‘Stelo’ Egli impressed everyone with his dancing (and other) skills, putting us all to shame…
All in all there was nice park despite the warm conditions, heaps of riders on the hand to session the array of features, and their total availability for the media – this is what made the Shred Days so special. See you for the next one, Philip Strauss and I need a revenge on Aaron, and Big Daddy Jesus needs to show again the real potential of his team creating some dope shred obstacles. Other reasons? Yes, too many to count. I’m sure you’ll find some more when you see our filmer’s video edit, dropping soon…