The new Natives Skier/Boarder X Series has just finished with the successful final stage in Tignes last week... Alex Kurkjian reports:
The final stage of the Natives Skier/Boarder X in association with Natives Clothing,
took place up on the Col du Palet Snowpark and luckily we'd had a much needed decent dumping of snow so conditions were good and we had clear blue skies and sunshine!
Serious Series Fans!
The word had got out not only in Tignes but also in neigbouring ones, about the natives Skier/Boarder X event, and everyone was keen to come and enter to win themselves our rather nice prizes, thanks to all our fab sponsors! They knew that there were not only the race prizses but also some seriously good series prizes up for grabs after this final stage!
The racing began..
Everyone rocked up in the morning, a lot having made the trip over from Courchevel, to have a few practise runs of the course, which was definitely the longest and hardest of all three races. Natives' Iain Martin did a Graham Bell style test run - Watch the video action...
Then the real action got going with the individual timed runs. Everyone raced down to get through the qualifyiers and then the seeding was done for the main draws in all four categories: male and female, skiers and snowboarders. The head to head knockout stages got underway and everyone raced down as fast as possible to bag the best prizes... and some were incredibly fast - faster than the Tignes development guys had seen before! Winners list below.
Prize-giving Apres Ski Party
The finals were all done by about 2.30pm giving everyone time to do a few more runs if they wanted before we all descended on The Loop Bar
for our amazingly big burgers which they kindly laid on free for us, plus we had free shots of vodka and got to enjoy happy hour. We had the prize-giving everyone was happy to get lots of top goodies thanks to all our sponsors, as well as the best fancy dress, best Tignes season worker prize and series prizes! A big well done to our series winners Louis and Sally who won a customised boot-fit (with free ski boots) at Profeet
! The party then kicked off when The Cheerleaders started their set and the whole bar became jam packed pretty much straight away!
A big thank you
to all the team who helped make it another great event - Iain, our very own Natives reporter Ben, his lovely wife Megan, Steve, Ross, Tignes Development
for all their fantastic support on the mountain, The Loop Bar
for the fab burgers & party, our local sponsors: Hundred Hills
and 333 Ski & Snowboard School
, and of course all our very generous series sponsors: Westbeach
, Ski Club of Great Britain
, Piste of Mind
, Ride Freesport
, Warren Smith Ski Academy
and British Freeski Camps
Well done to everyone for taking part in the final stage of the first ever Natives Skier/Boarder X 2011 Series and especially to all the winners:
1st - Louis Shearer
2nd - Piers Barrow
3rd - Raab McCarthy
1st - Sally Readman
2nd - Emma Allen
3rd - Jennifer Clare
1st - Mark Hayes
2nd - Ryan Brown
1st - Kate Munro
2nd - Lucy Phillpotts
Fancy Dress: Jennifer Clare
Best Tignes Season Worker: Kate Munro
Best Male: Louis Shearer
Best Female: Sally Readman
We look forward to seeing you all when we return to the Alps next year for more Skier/Boarder X Series action!
A massive thank you to all our generous sponsors for supporting the Natives Skier/Boarder X 2011 Series: