Get ready to trade out your Swiss Francs for your Euro’s; your Café No Name lift for your Les Lanches lift and your Crap Bar for your Melting Pot because the British Snowboard Champs are moving to Tignes for 2013!
Sam Turnbull, one of our brightest talents, sending it at this year’s BRITS. Photo: Sam Mellish
While many will undoubtedly be sad to see the Brits leave Laax after 8 seasons of sunny competition there, it’s worth remembering the wise words of French literary genius André Gide, who once mused that, “man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.”
Along with the move there’s plans for a bit of a shakeup in the competition programme, with the Big Air event making way for a chilled out Rail Jam in response to the recent explosion in the standard of UK jibbers – many of whom, we are confident to say, are truly at a world class level (check our most recent Whitelines Rail jam edit if you need any convincing!). Fear not as the Big Air isn’t disappearing altogether and will go down as a floodlit, Air & Style-esque invitational, followed by an open air music gig instead. As in previous years, the Olympic (can we write that here?) triad of Slopestyle, Halfpipe and Boardercross will remain.
As home to the European X-Games, and with a huge park, enormous ski area and banging nightlife, Tignes is no stranger to hosting world-class events and should be the perfect new home for the Brits. Packages for the event, which is set to go down from the 23rd – 30th March, will be on sale on the 1st September. For more info, check out the Brits Faffbook page.