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The O.C girls are on form this October with founder Gilly Seagrave getting a double page spreed in Cooler, flick a few pages further and you’ll stumble on an article featuring the amazing Jenny Jones on a trip to the Italian Backcountry.

Cooler is a brilliant magazine, you all need to get subscriptions so that it can be hand delivered to your door every 2 months.


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Only a few days now until the Playground Jam hits the Chapelle park in Avoriaz!
The all girls slopestyle comp is going to be a brilliant sunny day (phew!) and we are very happy to say that we have even more kind sponsors of the event giving us prizes to put big smiles on the winners faces.

Joining the original sponsors Vans (http://www.vans.com), Les Ettes (http://www.lesettes.com) and Cooler (http://www.coolermag.com) are-
Chuckbuddies http://www.chuckbuddies.com
Slopestyle Shop in Morzine http://www.slopestyleshop.com
More Mountain Chalets in Morzine  http://www.moremountain.com

Thanks everyone, see you up the hill on Saturday : )

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Here’s another page of the cooler write up by Catherine Peck-


Here Come The Girls!
Words by Catherine Peck

What’s the Score?
I am lucky enough to be invited on the ‘Our Camp Girls Snowboarding Week’ in Morzine starting on Sunday 18th Jan until Saturday 24th Jan. I will be joining 8 girls on their daily boarding schedule, which involves lessons, park riding, off-piste adventure and a competition. The only difference between my week and the girl’s week is that the girls get to go home to tea and cakes and a three course meal every evening and hang out in their luxury chalet, The Loft.

What is Our Camp?
Our Camp is founded by British Pro Riders Sonia Shaw, Gilly Seagrave and Emma Rogers. The girls set up the camp back in 2006 as they wanted to teach others what they knew about snowboarding, which is a lot! The camp provides intensive training, and after the coaches have been to work with you, you will be more confident and a million times better at boarding. This camp is for fearless females that really want to achieve, push themselves out of their comfort zone and to have fun. If you are a snowboarding geek this camp is a dream come true, which is what I found. This camp is not for those that are lazy, used to having a butler, or prefer drinking tons over a days boarding.

The Extras
Gilly had Drewy filming us for most of the week, plus Joni from More Mountain, so once back at the chalet everyone could review what they were doing right and wrong.  Filming is the best answer for quick improvement; it also makes you try harder as of course you want to look sick on camera.  The unfortunate part is that your stacks are also caught on film.
Nikita “for girls who ride” helped sponsor the week so goody bags were stuffed to the brim with cool vest tops, t-shirts, badges, plus lots of other little extras.


What is More Mountain about?
More Mountain is a small independent chalet company, owned and run by Samee and Joni, both avid riders, who have well over 7 seasons under their belts. They set up More Mountain as they wanted to create luxury snowboard chalets without the up-market pretence or price tag, appealing to young professionals and 30 somethings.

Samee is hosting the girls for the week at their luxury chalet, The Loft, in central Morzine. This is the third Our Camp she has run with Gilly and loves promoting “Chick Ridin” as she calls it. She takes part in everything on the camp, gets there for breakie, guides the girls on the hill, rides all day and then takes them to the infamous Bar Robinson for a few well deserved Mutzigs. She ensures everyone is having an excellent time and always wants feedback, listening to what the girls want out of the week on a day by day basis; her enthusiasm for riding is blatantly obvious where you’ll hear her saying; “wow, isn’t this great to be out, you don’t get much better than this!”.  Always leading the way down the runs, and yelling with joy when she finds some of her secret powder stashes!

The Extras
Samee makes sure everyone gets the most out of the week by being flexible with the schedule in relation to the weather conditions. We had one great “bluebird” day when it had dumped over 20cms of fresh; Melissa, one of the more experienced riders could not bear to miss out so Samee took her off for the day to do some serious powder shredding, while the rest of us focused on nailing the 180s on piste under Gilly’s strict instructions. Samee also arranged for a qualified instructor and guide from Avoriaz Surf School ‘Sexy Laurent’ to join the girls for Thursday morning for a “Big Air Bag” kicker session followed by an afternoon of guided off-piste back country. She wants the girls on this camp to get a taste of everything snowboarding can offer.

More Mountain offers three top notch modern and contemporary chalets with hot tubs, free wifi, i-pods with downloadable daily playlists, Walkie Talkies, Apple Mac’s, Log Fires, leather sofas, Sky TV and lots of lovely Luxury L’Occitane Toiletries, fluffy towels and Egyptian cotton bed linen. It is the attention to detail that makes the difference and the chalets really do feel like a home from home for the week.

Who are the Coaches?
Gilly – founder of Our Camp is running the training this week in conjunction with Samee, owner of More Mountain. Gilly is sponsored by Protest, Atomic and Adidas and is responsible for pushing every girl on the camp this week to achieve something great.
Jessica – part of the Swedish Half Pipe Team, sponsored by Roxy Headwear and Ripcurl was pro at getting the 180s out of us.
Ben – pro assistant to Gilly, is a qualified instructor and ripper in the park, who definitely showed us how to bust some moves in style.
Drewy and Johno were our cameramen for the week, making sure that no stack went unmissed!
Laurent – Avoriaz Alpine Surf School, off-piste guide and show-off! (hehe).

The Girls – who’s who?

Names in order from left to right, top to bottom

Linz Landy – 32 (looking 25), Amsterdam, works in advertising, 25 weeks riding, aim is to gain confidence in powder (this is quite amusing seeming she came on a park training week! Luckily we were blessed with lots of powder for her to achieve this).
Jo Schuberth – 30, Product Manager, aim of the week was to have no fear of the park, and to go over a box and some small jumps.
Salima Dassi – 33, from Edinburgh but French, Logistical Co-ordinator, 6 weeks riding, her goal of the week was to not be intimidated in the park and to do the jumps with style.
Melissa McConnell – 35, Edinburgh, the mum who can teach her kids to do grabs, 180s and gnarly off-piste in style, 1 ½ seasons, wants to achieve a 360 over a kicker and do a stronger backside 180.
Anna Soward – 31, Essex, Recruitment Consultant, 7 weeks riding experience, aim of the week was to land a jump ☺
Gemma Bryant – 26, Essex, Legal Secretary, 2 weeks riding, wanted to achieve a few 50:50s over a box and to jump with the right style.
Karina Sandoval
– 30, California, IT Manager, enjoying some much needed time off after 5 years working without 1 single holiday!!  About 4 weeks riding time (made up of weekends in Mammoth), her goal was to nail the boxes and a rail.
Caroline Crawford – 36 (boards like an 18 year old), IT Developer, 13 weeks riding, her goal of the week was to master 180s.  Linzey Ryan (not in pic) – 25, chalet host, 1 ½ seasons worth of riding, and her aim was to see everyone having a great time.

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The new issue of Cooler is now on sale, it has the usual brilliant shot of a beautiful snow/surf/skate boarder, this month it’s the lovely Anne-Flore Marxer, who, incidentally, recently decided not to renew her contract with Burton, I don’t know why, maybe because she wants to feel a bit less pressure and a bit more fun when she rides…who knows for sure?

The fashion shoot Poppy and Sam Hart did while we were out on the board test is in there too, I did a lot of the shots with them, being a maniquin, it was bloody hillarious and some of the results are in the mag, the inspiration was ‘Sleeveface.com’ and the shots were bloody hillarious to do, we laughed soooo much, it was great fun (no good for my snowboard profile, but way more fun than the usual portrait shots!)

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