With Europe starting off the season with some of the worst conditions in years, we set out to make the most out of the little snow there was in Avoriaz. Using some of the man made snow reserves and the still-visible mtb tracks, Stu Innes joined Joe and Jake Simpson plus a few of the locals for a pre-festivities celebration of shred, proving once again all you need to have fun on a board is a few buddies and a little bit of imagination.

It's not much, but this is our ode to all those who've grinned and beared it through the crappiest kick off to a winter in a while, refusing to moan about it and instead using the opportunity to have even more fun! Now bring on the pow...

Film & photo: Sam McMahon