Jamie Nicholls’ 3 Fun Things to Try Indoors this Summer!
The spring/summer ski season is just getting started and for those that spent the winter in the mountains, it’s a chance to return home to their indoor slope or dry slope and learn some new skills before next season; and that’s exactly what Team GB Olympic Slopestyle Snowboarder, Jamie Nicholls will be doing!
Following a great season, in which, the snowboard trick landing 22 year old became the first British male to WIN a World Cup on snow, Jamie’s looking forward to a few months riding rails and jumps at The Snow Centre on Thursday and Friday evenings! SnowSure spoke to Jamie to find out what tricks he’ll be working on indoors this summer, plus he shares a few trick ideas for the rest of us to land before the winter freeze returns.
Jamie, you’ve had some great successes this winter, what are you looking forward to working on most at The Snow Centre this summer?
“I can’t wait to get back to The Snow Centre to work on some new rail tricks for my up and coming season, which is an important one with it being the Olympic qualifying season. I’m also looking forward to having a bit of down time and riding for fun with friends indoors. Plus I will be doing a bit of coaching too, which is always good.
If you see me down at TSC, you’ll probably find me spending quite a bit of time repeating the same tricks to get them perfect, I want to work on my switch backside take offs onto rails to give me more trick options in my competition runs.”
Like last summer, we’re sure we’ll see you trying some pretty skilled things on rails and jumps again, but can you give other snowboarders some tips on what tricks to perfect on Thursday and Friday Freestyle nights at The Snow Centre this summer?
“Yes, sure! There’s plenty you can try, but here are some of the basic rail tricks that all lead into leaning more progressive tricks. You’ll need to have these down, as they make up some of the skills needed for harder tricks on and off rails. Indoor slopes offer a great opportunity to repeat these tricks over and over quickly and get them really good, because of the fast laps.
In a backside boardslide you approach the rail with your back towards the rail, ollie off the take off and turn your board 90 degrees onto the rail, so you’re facing down the slope with the centre of your board sliding down the rail. With this trick you want to work on making sure you land with your board in the centre of the rail every time and then progress that to seeing if you can land on the rail with the nose of the board, then try the tail. Getting these variations of the trick, will help you move onto spinning off the rail at a later date.
In a frontside boardslide you approach the rail with your front towards the rail, ollie off the take off and turn your board 90 degrees onto the rail, so you’re facing back up the slope with the centre of your board sliding down the rail. With this trick you want to work on, making sure you land with your board in the centre of the rail every time and then progress that to seeing if you can land on the rail with the nose or the tail of the board. When you have this down, you can then move onto trying 270 spin variations out of the rail and you can even progress to trying 450s out off the tail.
Trying 270s on can be a bit daunting as I know it’s not easy and takes some time to get it right! There are 8 different variations of a 270 onto a rail, but first you would want to try spinning the way you feel most comfortable. Try this onto a smaller rail instead of a side on down bar, boxes or small pipes are great for this, which you will find on the smaller slope on Friday night’s freestyle night at The Snow Centre. Fast laps with the travelator will make sure you get the best chance of landing this and getting comfortable with spinning on quickly. Then you are ready to take it to side on rails.”
To get started landing these tricks and more pick up a Thursday or Friday night Freestyle Pass at The Snow Centre!