Claire Frost//Photo Credit: Liam McBride
Man, it's good to see freeride and freestyle events in Scotland taking pride and place on the winter season calendar this year. We're the first to admit we're probably paying more attention because we've not been face first in snow in France for the whole season this year, but we'd hate to miss offering the credit that due to Scottish resorts pushing to encourage passionate shredders in the North.
The January Jams kicked things off early in the year, and although the first event was cancelled due to the bad weather, the competition got underway at the Lecht on the 16th, with three impressive rail lines ready-to-go and plenty action. Read the event write up on Whitelines.
Top - Mike MacWatt of ESP Elgin// Bottom - Ed Greig //Photo Credit: Liam McBride
The latest comp mimicked the format behind Shaun White's glitzy international event in a far more rugged and laid-back manner as the Lecht Air & Style, offering a set up to encourage talent from across the country to throw down. Attractive prizes were supplied by ESP Snowboard Shop, and rider's of all ages turned up to spin some rodeos and throw some backflips on the kickers.
Grom rider Fraser Jack snapped up a fresh new board, while super smooth girl rider Clair Frost scooped the women's top spot.
This little edit gives you a good insight into the day, and also is proof that sometimes the winter weather can be lush in Scotland.
It's not just our rose-tinted goggles that are putting the Scottish resorts in the spotlight, although I'll always have fond memories of the slopes where I learn't to ski; there's proof in the locals that Scotland's got plenty of the good stuff to get riding in the park this season.
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