WORLD CUP Finals Czech Republic.

WORLD CUP Finals Czech Republic.

FROM the World Champs where I landed my first Cab Double in competition, a new trick for me! I was feeling on good form and ready for the last World Cup of the season.

Photo - Chanelle Sladics. All Smiles for the World Cup Finals.

Photo - Chanelle Sladics. All Smiles for the World Cup Finals.

From Absolut Park, Austria, I drove with Jamie Nicholls to the Czech Republic for the FINAL World Cup of the season. It’s actually been mad! I don’t think I have ever done so many contests, the first one being the Milano Big Air in November! It’s been a long, fun and progressive winter for me.

8.5 hours later we arrived into the small, and sleepy town by week and party town come the weekend, Špindlerův Mlýn. Located in the in the Krkonoše mountain range 2 hours from Prague and 20 minutes from the Polish boarder, it is the heart and home to Czech Skiing and Snowboarding.

Czech! A rail heavy course. Switch Boarslide on the first feature. Photo - David Bucek

Czech! A rail heavy course. Switch Boarslide on the first feature. Photo - David Bucek

First off , it was qualification on Friday! I was absolutely chuffed to qualify 2nd in my heat, this put me direct to the 6 Women Finals. I couldn’t have asked for more in the last event of the season. However, not happy with 6th position, it was all to play for in the Finals on Saturday.

With a warm weather front, the course was in premium condition and the crowd was buzzing. The Czech fans certainly know how to get the good vibes going, from the music to all of the locals lining the bottom of the course cheering, the final was stacked… and yes with ;) Brits. Jamie Nicholls and Rowan Coultas representing for the Men, and Matt McCormick with a solid semi final result. 

Below is my qualification run from Friday! Still trying to source my final run, but enjoy watching the quali for now!

Finals for me, was all about going big, and I went a little too big on my first run, I put my 2nd run down, which gave me a score of 73.24. Chuffed with my score I moved into 3rd position, but not for long! Finishing the Finals in 4th position, 0.16 of a point behind 3rd place. I have to admit I was a little gutted, however I am so happy to finish the World Cup season in a strong position, a solid result on the board, this put me into 5th position, finishing the season in 5th Place in the World Slopestyle Rankings! 

That 4th place CHEEZER!

That 4th place CHEEZER!

Jamie Nicholls bossed it, and put a run down including a cab 1440, which gave him the 3rd spot! So a big shout out to him.

The Brit strong crew. Semi's for Matt and Finals for Me, Rowan Coultas and Jamie Nicholls.

The Brit strong crew. Semi's for Matt and Finals for Me, Rowan Coultas and Jamie Nicholls.

Back Rodeo on the hip. Photo - David Bucek

Back Rodeo on the hip. Photo - David Bucek

So that’s the World Cup season in the bag, now onto some filming, slush riding and the British Championships.

Thank you to everyone for all of your support throughout the contests, it’s for sure been a great contest season and one to build on for next year! PEACE out CZECH! Can’t wait to head home to see my Momma! A 6.50 am from flight to London and then back to Belfast to regroup for a couple of days!

HAPPY MOTHER’s DAY for all you MUMMA’s out there. Hope you had a great day. BIG love.

Me + my Mumma

Aimee

xx

Quebec . NEW SPONSOR . Absolut Park shred.

Quebec . NEW SPONSOR . Absolut Park shred.

I have been a little quiet since the Californian US Grand Prix Qualifier, but all for good reasons! The Big news in! Really excited to announce I am now officially partnered with JEEP UK!! Wohoooo.

New JEEP Hemet.

How do you like my new Roxy / Jeep collab Image Custom designs Helmet? 

Since my last blog, I have been to Canada for the WC Big Air and Slopestyle Olympic qualification events, where I secured a top 5 placing in the FIS Super Series World Cup Big Air Final Tour rankings! 

HERE'S ME in action in the Big Air! Photo - Sam Mellish

HERE'S ME in action in the Big Air! Photo - Sam Mellish

A unique setting for the Big Air in-between a motorway! 

A unique setting for the Big Air in-between a motorway! 

I teamed up with The Snow Centre and Jamie Nicholls after a very cold day on the hill to bring you this little cool down session :) give it a try next time you ride! 

Happy to leave the -25 Quebec weather I have spent the last 10 days based out of Absolut Park in Flachauwinkl, Austria. I have to say it was so good to stay in one spot and just ride for myself :) The park there is mega, just 45 minutes from Salzburg. I spent a couple of days shooting for next Winter’s 17/18 Roxy outerwear, the new gear looks so fresh! and we got some awesome photos.

A little pow turn in some of the freshies at Absolut Park

A little pow turn in some of the freshies at Absolut Park

Also make sure you stay tuned, as I have some more exciting news, which I am currently working on! However…I can’t tell you yet, but I can’t wait to share it with you :) I’ll give you a clue i've been in Penrith for 24 hours…

The crew in The Lake District. Can you name all these Olympians? 

The crew in The Lake District. Can you name all these Olympians? 

NOW I will link up with the rest of Team GB as we head to Spain to compete in the World Championships this week! Wohooo.

Mammoth. FINALS. WIND boarding + A TOP 5 at the World Cup.

Mammoth. FINALS. WIND boarding + A TOP 5 at the World Cup.

Mammoth Mtn US Grand Prix.

Straight from Italy, we jetted to LA.. BABY! Yes it was 70 degrees, and we woke up in the mecca that is Venice Beach, ate buckwheat pancakes, drank Almond Lattes in a classic LA Vegan hippy joint… ON POINT. haha. As much as I would have loved to stay at the beach in the sunshine there was a mission to be had. We set off first thing on our 6 hour road trip up to the Sierra Nevada Mountain range.

Pancakes LA style.

Pancakes LA style.

Shop fronts.

Shop fronts.

Mammoth Mountain, it’s one of those that when it’s good, there isn’t anywhere better. Blue sky and that California sunshine. Day 1 + 2 of practice were premium. Mid Winter, end of Jan and it’s +8 on the mountain, with the deepest base of snow Mammoth has seen in over 25 years.

Driving into Mammoth town itself was insane, the whole town practically buried under 10 foot of snow. You literally couldn’t even find your way around the town as every entrance to each store, petrol station, or restaurant was covered or buried under snow banks! I don’t think I have ever been anywhere and seen so much snow! 

MAMMOTH. Yes my room is buried under this pile of snow.

MAMMOTH. Yes my room is buried under this pile of snow.

So the practice was good, however due to the new monthly record amount of snowfall, 246 inches since Jan 1st. The Gondola was so close to the jumps they had to close it because of incoming snowboarders reaching heights too close. 

When the jumps to close to the Gondola! 

When the jumps to close to the Gondola! 

The quals, wasn’t so hot, with high winds and intermittent wind gusts howling down the course it was a little sketchy, after practice the winds dropped a little and the contest kick-started. I landed my first run with a little blip on the first rail, so it was time to clean things up for the 2nd run. I landed my run, taking a score of 79.00 which put me through 3rd in my heat behind Jamie Anderson and Julia Marino. 

Qualifying in 3rd through to the finals.

Qualifying in 3rd through to the finals.

With wind gusts reaching 100MPH at the peak on Friday, Finals day was cancelled and postponed untill Saturday. Saturday was the same deal, we headed up the mountain, with more wind, more snow, it kept getting pushed back and back, which meant Saturday was a write-off.  With the event on the verge of being cancelled they decided to give it one last shot. 

SUNDAY - it was game day, with a little less wind, and some flat light, the comp was all go. Practice kicked off at 8AM, with 30 minutes of training we dropped in at 8.45. Despite the conditions the girls killed it,  was really happy to walk away with another Top 5 Final result, which puts me in great stead for the Olympic Qualifying process. 

Taking home top 5 at the US Grand Prix! :D

Taking home top 5 at the US Grand Prix! :D

ROAD trip, back down to LA in the Jeep. Thanks to GB Park and Pipe and Hertz for looking after us on the road!

ROAD trip, back down to LA in the Jeep. Thanks to GB Park and Pipe and Hertz for looking after us on the road!

On the road again!

Next stop is Canada. Right now I am sat in the back of the Jeep jetting towards LAX airport. Monday we fly on the next stop on the tour. Quebec City for the FIS World Cup Big Air and Slopestyle event. I’ve never done 2 events in one week, it’s going to be heavy! Bring it on :)

AUSTRIA. SWITZERLAND. ITALY (World Cup Finals)

AUSTRIA. SWITZERLAND. ITALY (World Cup Finals)

The last month has been a little rocky, rolling my ankle the day before New Years Eve…I was meant to fly out to Absolut Park in Austria for some training before the Russian World Cup Big Air event. I had to cancel Austria… and Russia :(  A casual “hike” at home turned into 2 weeks off my snowboard rehabbing a grade 2 Lateral Ligament ankle sprain… far from Ideal! However, it happens and you can’t wrap yourself in cotton wool! Ha.

sprained ankle

 

So the ankle has been a bit of a pain to be honest, I didn’t want to leak any intel about it until I knew the full extent of how long it would take to heal, my physio back in Belfast gave me the great news of 2-4 weeks! “REALLY it would be 4”!  Two weeks into the injury I decided I would try and ride the first Slopestyle World Cup of the season. My foot was still very tender from the sprain which meant I couldn’t train at all. A weak pressure point on the bone, meant even when the physio tapped my ankle and compressed the tape I burst into tears. For the qualification day we managed to get a good grip on it, with a strong dose of pain killers and a solid tape job it allowed me to push through and put a safe run on the board to score some valuable FIS points for the Olympic qualification process. 

The next mission… LAAX, Switzerland. 1 week later… it was the same scenario, with a demanding course, and no practice it was tough out there. I suprised myself and rode strong and confidently all things considered with zero practice until 45 minutes until the contest, which meant 5 runs through the course! It was intense and the pressure was on, this time the lack of practice didn’t put me in good stead for the contest, falling on the last feature in both my runs meant I did not progress to the semi-finals. 

With no further riding to be done in LAAX, it was a blessing in disguise as it gave me 6 days before the next contest to recharge the body and focus on recovery. With some pool rehab in Switzerland, time on the bike each day, single leg balancing work and at the physio every day my foot was in good hands.

Alison on it. Tape + Deep Heat. We are a GO! 

Alison on it. Tape + Deep Heat. We are a GO! 

Next stop on the whirlwind Slopestyle tour was South Tyrol in Italy. Feeling stronger and in a lot less pain than the previous contests it was finally go time. With my foot still casted up in a tape like boot, I had 2 great days of practice. Blue-bird skies, a great course, I was on good form. Qualification went off,  with a strong field of 37+ girls. I managed to stick down both of my quali runs, improving my 2nd run with my Back Rodeo, I was really happy to qualify 2nd in my heat direct to finals.

Qualified in 2nd.

Put your HANDS up in the air! Happy to Qualify in 2nd :) 

Floating in Italy!

Finals day was Friday, with blue bird skies, 4 Brits in the finals, 3 of the Men on the GB Team, Billy Morgan, Jamie Nicholls, Rowan Coultas and myself representing for the ladies we had a strong squad. I landed my first run placing me 5th overall. So chuffed after a rough few weeks managing my foot I couldn’t be happier to put down a run and get my first result of the 2017 in the bag. Big shout out to the ladies on the podium for throwing down, Sina Canadian with the Front 10, and Enni Rukjarvi fresh off her win from the LAAX Open, taking her 2nd Win of the Season. Also congrats to my good friend Mr Jamie Nicholls for brining home 2nd place. TEAM GB! YEAH ! 

gb squad

Really chuffed to be back on it,  however, that’s just the warm up ;) bring on the next one. The whirlwind continues! I have a few exciting things in the pipeline which I can’t wait to tell you! FOR NOW it's a long drive from Italy, through Austria, into Germany. A Flight to London, a 3 hour layover, another flight to LA, and then a 6 hour drive to Mammoth. I will be competing in the US World Cup Grand Prix! 


Stay tuned. 

 

Aimz

 

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.