The third edition of this good-vibed summer session created by local boys Arthur Longo and Olivier Gittler hit the French glacier hostspot of Les Deux Alpes the other weekend. Check the side-hip and side hit sending!
Three summers ago, Deux Alpes natives Arthur Longo and Olivier Gittler decided it was time to sprinkle some of their own special spice on the resort’s glacier, pulling together a conglomeration of hand-shaped hits and snake runs on a little-used slope of this French glacier followed up with an afternoon of music, food and drinks in the valley. The Muzelle Festival was born.
Due to other commitments, the 2018 edition focussed solely on the snowboarding side of things – organising bands, stages and food ratchets up the organisational requirements several levels and both Longo and Gittler had a couple of other pans on the stove at the tail end of last winter. But, though this was our first Muzelle experience, from a snowboarding perspective it was a most excellent way to spend a day up this epic mountain located an hour’s drive from Grenoble.
The setup the boys had pulled together in the fog the day before was all-time. Constructed purely to be conducive to a day of lapping for all levels – thankfully Deux Alpes had agreed to keep the chairlift running until 3pm! – the upper part of the Signal 2 run had been transformed, DIY-style, into a veritable playground loaded with hips, trannies and side hits that any rider could session.
“The setup the boys had pulled together in the fog the day before was all-time.”
Up top there were two bigger hips – the first with an imposing, moto-style gap that only Longo and a few others would step to – followed by a smaller hip, a whippy step-over, and a couple of hand-dug side hits, the likes of which you’ll no doubt have seen Arthur going bonkers off on the Gram.