Working in snowboarding with an office on snow doesn’t necessarily equate to lots of riding for photographers, filmers and team managers. Things came together for Burton filmer/photographer Gabe L’Heureux when he had a chance to make the most of a half-day riding in Tignes, France.
Last week we were in Tignes, France for the European X Games. I hadn’t been to Tignes before and was super-antsy to check the place out. The scenery and terrain were breathtaking. One day after slopestyle qualifiers a bunch of us decided to meet up and take some runs. Nicolas Müller and Gigi Rüf were in town for the Real Snow Backcountry contest and Burton Team Manager Sani Alibabic was in town for Euro X as well. The rest of us industry dudes who don’t get to ride enough as is, we’re just stoked to be strapped in.
We headed up a couple lifts and made it to the park. We knew they had a boardercross track up there somewhere and heard it was pretty fun. Fun was an understatement. It was super slushy, super fast, and there were so many options for ollies, gaps, etc. Watching the pros ride this thing was unreal and a lot crazier than the photos show.
After the boardercross track we headed over to the north-facing side of the valley, took the Poma lift up, and surprisingly we found some pow. Not too many places have slushy conditions in one area and pow ten minutes away. We hit it good.
Good day with friends. French Alpine style. Check out Tignes if you ever get a chance.
Photos: Gabe L’Heureux