WHIRLWIND tour!!! KOREA. GERMANY. USA.

WHIRLWIND tour!!! KOREA. GERMANY. USA.

 It’s crazy since the Milano World Cup we have been on the go non stop! on the whirl wind, which is the Olympic qualifying tour. From Milan I headed back to Stubai in the Tirol to get some more quality time on snow, before the next mission to Korea.

The Olympic test event Venue! KOREA.

I flew back to the UK and had one weekend on UK turf, there’s nothing better than getting back on the runway at LHR to the sweet smell of moist air and drizzle! haha. No seriously though… I love it. It’s HOME :) From London we flew to Seoul for the first Olympic Big Air test event of this season in Pyeong Chang the home of the 2018 Winter Games.

It was my 2nd time visiting Korea, with the Slopestyle event in Phoenix park it was mega to visit the new venue Big Air. I’ve never seen a Big Air with a scaffolding in run, into a real snow platform landing. With next to no snow in the local area it was phenomenal to see the mound of snow they had created in the stadium. It was surreal competing there, knowing that hopefully in a year and 3 months we would be back there competing in the Olympics.

3 hours from Seoul City. It’s a cool spot, and Seoul itself is mega, deffinatley worth a check.

I had a bit of a rough week with little practice, having carried a small injury over on my hip, it left me for 1 training day before the comp. However with sketchy conditions maybe it was a blessing in disguise. The jump was perfect shape, and BIG! however the man made snow made the conditions pretty hit or miss! ICY, SLUSHY and a little windy. I managed to put down my first run, not as clean or as big as I wanted to go, which put me in the top 12 in a strong field. I have to say I wasn’t happy with my riding, but it just makes me hungrier!!! 

The ice Wedge!

Straight from Seoul it was into Germany for the 3rd Big Air of the season.... Another top 10 in the bag! An amazing crowd and some good riding, Germany was a good one! This moved me into the TOP 5 in the overall FIS World Rankings, currently sitting in 4th in the Big Air :) 

Blue skies in Germany! 

Blue skies in Germany! 

All smiles in Germany! 

All smiles in Germany! 

From Germany we flew straight to the USA for 2.5 weeks before Christmas. I am stoked to have had the opportunity to partner up with Rhino Car hire for the first week, so I got to drive this beast of a JEEP in the snow. Actually I have never seen so much snow accumulate in Colorado. So it was a good thing to have snow tyres and 4WD! I spent 4 of the 7 days digging out the car! CRAZY :D  Staying in Frisco, a small mountain town just 10 miles from Breckenridge, we had access to ride 3 resorts, with our time split between Keystone, Copper and Breckenridge,  a few Woodward sessions it was a good mission.

7AM. READY FOR PRACTICE! In the Jeep.

7AM. READY FOR PRACTICE! In the Jeep.

y Mum made it out to Colorado! It was so cool to have her along and share a typical week in the life, she got to eat sleep and breathe what I do, from the riding, to the gym and swim sessions straight off the mountain! 

OUR SWEET RIDE!
Here's a snap shot of me in Action from Dew Tour! 

Here's a snap shot of me in Action from Dew Tour! 

OPE everyone had a LOVELY Christmas and New Years. I will be writing a few blogs on WHAT I Pack for a snowboard trip! And a blog post on WHAT I EAT when training!?? what do you think???

Really excited to get back on snow ASAP and share my next Journey with you! 

For now. My latest news! We raised over £2000 for Cancer Research UK over the Christmas period for my Roxy Snowboard Auction. Congrats to the winner, picked at random. Kirsty Sweeney! I am posting your newly signed snowboard today. Together we all made a difference. You can still donate! BUT FOR NOW, congrats and well done to all. BIG LOVE

imee.

WORLD CUP Big AIR MILAN. 4th place :D

WORLD CUP Big AIR MILAN. 4th place :D

World Cup MILANO.

It was quite the contrast going from the top of the Stubbier glacier in the Tirol to MILAN a global capital of the FASHION and design world. Never mind the fact that it's a major financial hub, and has amazing shopping and restaurants…. and yes, we were there to snowboard…in the City! Wednesday morning was spent snowboarding at 3210M, and by Wednesday evening we had registered for the first official Olympic Qualifying event and World Cup of the season. 

I have never competed in an Inner City Big Air so I was excited, yet a little nervous on how to deal with the gigantic tower of scaffolding ahead of me. Thursday morning we headed to the site of the jump, checked it out, registered and prepped the boards for night practice.

Me + Silje. Checking the jump! 

Me + Silje. Checking the jump! 

We had an hour on the jump which worked out about 9 jumps. It’s crazy just dropping into something cold, no cruise down the piste to warm up, you're straight in off the press into a rapid ice shoot and off the kicker.

Team GB Squad. Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas, Katie Ormerod.

Team GB Squad. Jamie Nicholls, Billy Morgan, Rowan Coultas, Katie Ormerod.

Blue skies and plus 10 for the qualification :)

Blue skies and plus 10 for the qualification :)

Cheese. Pumped after qualifying through to the finals with a 90.00 in Qualfication.

Cheese. Pumped after qualifying through to the finals with a 90.00 in Qualfication.

Qualification went down on Saturday afternoon. I felt solid in the practice, and put down a run to score me a 90.00 and qualify me straight into the finals in 2nd place. I was buzzing. First run stomped felt good. 

Dropping into the finals.

Dropping into the finals.

Finals was all to play for, my aim was to play it safe and get 2 runs on the board. I ended up finishing 4th. My best World Cup Result so far. Big congrats to Anna Gasser for putting down the Cab Double, and shout out to Team Mate for Billy Morgan for a solid final result in the Men's.

On the big screen, in Finals. Pic - Marco Zeta

On the big screen, in Finals. Pic - Marco Zeta

Pic - Marco Zeta

Pic - Marco Zeta

Thanks to the insane ITALIAN crowd, the fans.. you rule. I left Milan a true fan!  My friends from home also ended up in Milan for the weekend, and watched all day, so a big shout out to those guys for the support and my Man RoSSO for being my support crew. 

DUOMO

Peace out Italy! I am back in Austria now, prepping for the next comp. Stay tuned. More updates from Stubai.

Shenanigans!

Shenanigans!

Just a quick update here! 

Ive been back in the UK since Australia,  between training up in Scotland with GB Park and Pipe, a trip to France with Roxy, a couple of visits back home to visit the family in N Ireland! Cycling, gym, yoga and a little on snow training in the dome! It's been good to be back in the UK preparing for the winter :)

Just thought I would share with you a few links.

LIVE with BBC Sport at the Ski show, I was given the opportunity to take the lead and show you around the show and introduce you to some of the rest of the team. 

Why I. Interview on MAD TO LIVE blog.

Why I. Interview on MAD TO LIVE blog.

I am out in Austria at the moment getting ready for the first World Cup of the season in Italy next week. Exciting. Stay tuned :)

Aimz.

AUSTRALIA -SUMMER SHRED MISSION.

AUSTRALIA -SUMMER SHRED MISSION.

FROM the height of summer to Winter in 36 hours. THE SUMMER SNOWBOARDING mission begun. I have to say I haven’t been so excited for a trip in a long time! There is something about hopping on a flight to Australia. A place I never Imagined going to, and now a place I travel to annually in search of top notch park facilities, fast laps and a great crew to ride with.

Day 1. Mini shred and HOT LAPS :)

Day 1. Mini shred and HOT LAPS :)

I arrived into Canberra the Capital Territory of Australia with Team GB, Two hours later saw us in the sleepy town of Berridale,  50 minutes out of the Perisher Valley, due to lack of accommodation and a mass influx of local shredders the first weekend we stayed in a motel, 7 in a bunk room, it was quite a laugh actually with the whole team in one room, including the kitchen and one toilet - it was tight! But no better way to get the Team vibes off to a good start ha. Fact for you the Snowy Mountains is home to the highest mountain range on the continent, with Thredbo having the highest lifted point in Australia at 2037 METERS! 

The crew. GB Park and Pipe bunking up.

The crew. GB Park and Pipe bunking up.

We got hit hard the first week with weather.

2 hour commute up. Snow = Chains.

2 hour commute up. Snow = Chains.

Lots of snow, a contest closing the park, and high winds. In fact the weather, the majority of the trip was pretty shocking, but that didn’t stop us though. With a prime mini-park it was the perfect set up to warm up, ride a ton of laps and take a few steps back to focus on the key basics, which was actually great for me. 

Shred buddy Silje Norendal.

Shred buddy Silje Norendal.

The crew in Jindy was all time. Most days spent riding for 3-5 hours up top followed by gym/yoga and ice baths in the lake in the afternoon time. The great thing about the town of Jindabyne is it’s considerably warmer than the mountain, with a small percentage of annual snowfall it stays dry in the town which means when you get down from the mountain it’s not like being in the thick of winter. So, it’s the perfect balance for Summer riding. 

7 am. Dropping in.

7 am. Dropping in.

I spent 3 weeks up in the Snowy Mountains. The last week was a banger with 4 days in a row of sun, it was actually hot up on the mountain, which meant early morning sessions were key, as the jumps turned to mush by 10.30am!  We were really lucky to have been invited to join the Australians on one of their early morning sessions on day 2 of the heatwave, which meant that we started riding as the sun rose at 7am with the alarm set for early wake up at 5.30. The T-bar was on and we got 2 hours riding before the park officially opened. Buzzing.

Cab under Nose.

Cab under Nose.

Here are a few clips I put together!

After my last day of riding I linked up with my Roxy Team mates Dara Howell and local Aussie shred Queen Miss T Bright. Torah took us down to Sydney for the weekend and gave us a real insight into local life down in the city. 

Roxy road trip Crew. Torah Bright + Dara Howell.

Roxy road trip Crew. Torah Bright + Dara Howell.

BONDI beach - Mega, I loved it. The morning before I flew I got up at 6.30 to try and tire myself for the flight. Straight to the costal path for the Bondi - Bronte costal run, in fact it was so scenic I kept going right through to Coogee and back. The treat being a massive plate of pancakes at the end. HA I love pancakes and the Aussies definitely know how to do breakfast. I would highly recommend anyone taking a trip there to check out Bondi Wholefoods the pancakes are premium! 

Bondi FLAG.

Bondi FLAG.

Bondi.

Bondi.

Torah also brought me down the coast to check out Newport and further up North along to the land of Home and Away SO CLASSIC. The Australian coast line really is something special.

The legend TB.

The legend TB.

Thanks to everyone for making this trip such a banger, so stoked on riding right now and cannot wait until the Northern Hemi winter begins. Until then The Snow Centre it is :)

It had to be done. The final photo. The obligatory KANGAROO shot. YUS! 

It had to be done. The final photo. The obligatory KANGAROO shot. YUS! 

World First: When I took my Jeep Renegade for a Swim!

World First: When I took my Jeep Renegade for a Swim!

I got a phone call from Jeep a few weeks ago... "Do you fancy attempting a Worlds First?! We'll get you in the Jeep OFF-ROAD". I had to say YES! So to Wales I went and tried my hand at my first White Water rafting off road driving experience. I had a blast. Certain parts of the drive scared me slightly, driving the car into the rapids at such a steep pitch, and the drifting when the water pushed the car, however the car is so solid and handled it so well. It was more technical than fast. I loved it! Enjoy the video and a few photos from behind the scenes.

Before they let the water in!

Before they let the water in!

My view.

My view.

Check out more from the Renegade here! http://www.jeep.co.uk/renegade/