This year’s AfterJam Freestyle Camp went ahead despite fears Coronavirus would stop proceedings. When Boris Johnson announced the travel corridor to France on 3rd July the booking opened.

This year AfterJam (“AJ”), the UKs biggest up and coming ski wear brand, took over a 100 skiers and snowboarders to Les Deux Alps (“L2A”) for Europe’s biggest freestyle snowsports camp. The camp ran from July 25th to the August 1st and cost £309. This price includes accommodation and a 6-day lift pass; glacier skiing, mountain biking and many other activities included. The main attraction is the high-quality ski and snowboarding coaching that was available throughout the week with skiers on the GB Park & Pipe team to snowboarders riding for Burton (full list available below), but the emphasis of the week is all things freestyle.
 

A freestyle competition run by Jibworx rounded off the week with competitors from all over the world and prizes from many of the partners. The competition was held in some of the pre-existing features of the park as well as a custom set up designed by AJ and Jibworx. Riders were fuelled with burgers supplied by The Spot and AJ resident DJs kept the après vibes going on the hill spinning tunes. The park build was an excellent opportunity for campers to learn the art of shaping. Local authorities and AJ enforced social distancing and coronavirus measures throughout the week. AJ brought out custom facemasks for attendees so everyone could easily comply with regulations. With this in mind many après events were held at both The Spot and Smithy’s Tavern with open decks on most nights. 

Nate from AfterJam explains how the comp came together: "Roughly a month ago we were given a 3 week time period to round up the troops and organise what has turned out to be Europe’s largest freestyle snowsports camp! It was a huge success and we’re looking to go even bigger next year.

"A lot of people’s motivation to attend the trip was the training aspect included in the camp, we had a very impressive roster of athletes on the coaching schedule, including a selection of GB riders, AJ riders, snowboarders on the Burton team and a selection of coaches from Tamworth Snowdome and Graystone Action Sports! The hype that surrounded the trip all week was incredible, everyone that came had a blast and it gets us more stoked to get the AJ crew back out in the mountains again!"

The AJ week brought some of the keenest talent from the UK and elsewhere to the summer mountains, with everyone excited to hone their skills for the upcoming winter. However, freestyle coaching was open to all abilities; beginner and advanced session ran every day. The glacier is open from 7am-1pm – the early close is to preserve snow. Mountain biking remains long into the afternoon. The L2A Snowpark boasts jumps and rails for all levels. Jumps range from 5-85ft and the rail section offers simple boxes to advanced double kinks and S-rails.

L2A has 91km of mountain bike tracks with 2480m of vertical fall. The L2A skatepark is ridable until 11:30pm when the lights shut off. Other included activities are; swimming pool access, luge passes and the driving range. The resort also offers much more such as; bowling, arcades, paragliding, bungee jumping, trampoline, airbag kicker, private pool and spa, horse riding. There are also many scenic walks and climbs to be done alongside lakes to swim in to cool off. AJ looks forward to building on this year’s event in the coming summers by expanding the range of coaching options and potentially even lengthening the trip.

The weeks accommodation, lift pass, and competitions were made possible by the involvement of Wasteland Ski, Roam Travel and Jibworx.

The week was further supported by our sponsors:

Monster Energy – cans in abundance all week.

Dragon Soop – See Monster Energy

Butta Wax – Waxing sessions

Newschoolers – Competition prizes

Retrofitted – Throw out prizes and discounts for camp goers

Graystone Action Sports – free sessions as prizes

The Yolanda Moore Foundation – Athlete support all week

Fauna Skis – Ski demos all week

Snowkart – Discounts for camp goers and helping the AJ boys haul their gear to and from resort

 

Full List of Coaches:


Skiers:

Justin Taylor-Tipton – GB Park & Pipe & AJ Rider

Samuel Ålander – Level 1 Superunknown 2019 Semi-Finalist & AJ Rider

Luca Wasser – Laax Local & AJ Rider

Mason Ferebee – GB Park & Pipe & AJ Rider

Jack Foreman – Ex-Graystone Action Sports Coach

Snowboarders:

Max Wittrick – Burton

Harry Winnard – Burton

Tamworth Coaches Crew