The inaugural Tignes (France) stop of Nikita Clothing's G.W.R. series went off with a huge bang a few weeks ago. Held in the expansive park in Tignes Val Claret, 96 female skiers and snowboarders showed up for a full day of free coaching, yoga, BBQ, female DJs and tie-dye workshops under dazzling blue skies! The Tignes community really pulled together, as always, to show the ladies that the park can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what their riding level, and there's always room to progress. Plenty of laughs and comradery ensured that everyone developed their confidence and will be riding the park for the rest of the season... and hopefully for years to come!
The Tignes park is divided up in to three areas which provide a safe and interesting progression through the features, and the central area became a focus for dancing to the outdoor female DJs (thanks to Nikki aka B-Trix Kiddo's tunes), partaking in the tie-dye workshops courtesy of Poppy and Grace from Loop Bar and also getting involved with the free yoga warm ups organised by Hannah at Tadasana Tignes.
Nikita ambassador Corinne from Mayhew Snowboarding kicked off the day by introducing the team, connecting riders of similar standards so they could ride together and making sure that everyone knew the event's main focus was on making friends and developing a love of freestyle!
With help from several of the staff at Tignes Spirit, the coaching team made sure that each area of the park was covered by an approachable and knowledgeable ski and snowboard freestyle coach who gave great tips and had everyone smiling! Meanwhile, the crew from Planks pumped out burgers and hot dogs on the BBQ all day so the riders had plenty of energy to hit the features to their heart's desire!
The vibes in the Tignes park were super high on Wednesday and no one could quite believe just how many people had showed up to ride, dance, tie-dye and chill in the sun! Huge thanks go out to the shapers who went out of their way to make sure that everyone felt welcome and included in what turned out to be quite the highlight of the season for many. Cave du Loop in le Lac provided the perfect after-party with free bubbles for the riders and a great stage to hand out all the MANY prizes from Nikita, Planks and Tignes Spirit.
We can't wait for the event to come around again next season and look forward to riding with as many Nikita fans as possible! If you can't wait that long, Corinne will be running a women's freestyle coaching week on the Tignes glacier this summer with fellow Nikita ambassador Katie Blundell (29th June to 6th July). Get in touch with her for details! firstname.lastname@example.org