Mountains, freedom, fresh snow and sun – freeriders love the simple things in life. It’s even more fun in a group. That’s why the US ski and snowboard manufacturer K2 created the K2 Freeride Camps. Off-piste weeks for snowboarders, skiers and telemark enthusiasts in three of the best freeride areas in the Alps. There are special offers available for women, too. In addition, K2 supports two slopestyle and freeride camps for teenagers run by www.mountain-action.de
Safety and avalanche awareness are very important to K2 in all its camps. In freeriding and safety courses, the guides give useful tips on how to behave on the slopes, as well as practising the use of avalanche systems. Participants also have the opportunity to give K2’s up-to-date freeride equipment a thorough tryout, and that’s when the new K2 factory models will be especially sought after. The high-performance Twin Tips range, designed by the K2 factory team, cover the entire spectrum from back-country to funpark models.
Great news for women – the K2 Women Specials gives women snowboarders and skiers 10% discount on the normal weekly price, and also includes a welcome pack with triaction functional underwear set. In addition, professional skiers from the K2 Women’s Alliance are on hand with helpful tips and technical advice at all four K2 Freeride Camps. Full information on special offers for women and the K2 Women’s Camps are available now at www.k2womensmovement.com.
To get things started, the K2 Freeride Camps in Alagna (Italy) will be run together with mountain-action.de from 25th February to 3rd March 2007 for fully experienced, fit skiers with off-piste experience, and from 4th to 10th March 2007 for freeride beginners and enthusiasts. Powder fans can let loose in “Monterosa Ski”, the biggest freeride area in Europe, with the opportunity to book optional helicopter rides. Price: 525 euros, information at www.mountain-action.de
To follow, the K2 Freeride Taster Week in the Kleinwalsertal (Austria) from 11th to 16th March 2007, also organised in collaboration with mountain-action.de. The motto of this camp for average and experienced skiers is “short hike – big ride”! With experienced guides, participants can take their first steps in backcountry snowboarding and skiing, improve their abilities in deep snow, or just have a good time with like-minded people. Price: 390 euros; information at www.mountain-action.de
Finally, there is the K2 Freeride & Safety Week for experienced and fit skiers in the French freeride paradise La Grave. Skiing, telemarking and snowboarding for six days around the legendary Grand Pic de la Meije (3,982 metres) with professional support from the guides of Skiers Lodge La Grave. Price: 850 euros, information at www.skierslodge.com
Apart from all this, K2 is supporting two mountain-action.de Slopestyle and Freeride Camps for teenagers. K2 professional Daniel Schiessl is on hand to give tips on rails and kickers for each freestyler. Those who prefer leaving their trail in powder snow will be led by experienced guides. The camp, in Obertauen (Austria), is for 13 to 17 year olds and will be held during the Christmas holidays from 26th December 2006 to 2nd January 2007 (price: 415 euros). Information and registration at www.mountain-action.de.
Further information on K2 may be found at: www.k2snowboarding.com.