Landgraafting

Earlier this year I tagged along on a three-day trip filming to Snowworld in Landgraaf, Holland. It was a chance to spend time riding one of the best domes in the world and have some laughs Burton riders Ollie Dutton and Ross Needham.

Indoor shredding in The Netherlands with the Burton team by Charlie Smith

The Boys – Ross Needham and Ollie Dutton by Charlie Smith
The Boys – Ross Needham and Ollie Dutton by Charlie Smith

The trip was to provide demo product for UK store Tribal Riders at their annual Landgraaf trip, a chance for their customers to try out some of the new season’s gear from Burton, Capita, Arbor and Nitro Snowboards. Bleary eyed and still half asleep, we drove  to the tunnel where we were greeted by twenty miles of parked up lorries, so we got a super healthy athletes breakfast at Burger King and chilled in the morning sun on a grass verge.

Finally we arrived in Landgraaf and stepped from the air conditioned van into 36°C heat to be greeted by a nice cold beer. We got our keys and went to dump our stuff in what turned out to be a super swanky top floor penthouse apartment complete with a rad balcony and views for miles then went for a quick shred to get the legs settled in and scope out the park. If you have never been, Snowworld is rad. The temperature in the dome is regulated at -6°C, way colder than any dome in the UK and there is a six man chair lift, with a permanent park running underneath with its own drag lift for quick laps as well as two super long and mellow runs down either side, perfect for turbo laps and euro carves.

Ollie Dutton by Charlie Smith
Ollie Dutton by Charlie Smith

Later that evening we were joined by some of Holland’s finest, including Kas Lemmans and Ceese Wille. Whilst Ross and I had committed to the Heineken train, Ollie and the Dutch guys went in for a ride, lapping the rollers and just generally having a good bro shred. That night the beers kept flowing, we were just chilling when an egg flew out of nowhere and smashed on the floor a few feet from where we were sitting. Ollie stood up, turned around to face the hidden eggers and shouted ‘do that again!’, with which an egg hit hi square in the chest and smashed by his feet – it was hilarious! Everyone ran around like pissed-up detectives trying to find the eggers, but they remained elusive

Ross Needham by Charlie Smith
Ross Needham by Charlie Smith

On Saturday morning I was woken by the word ‘breakfast’ and according to Dutton he’s never seen someone go from snoring to standing so fast. Not feeling the freshest, we had a quick fry up and were out on the hill by 10, where Chris from Burton was busy demoing gear like there was no tomorrow, so we were joined by Tarquin Robbins for some laps and textbook euro carves. Warmed up and feeling the park, I spent the rest of the day with Ross and Ollie filming for the edit. They have to be two of my favourite guys in UK Snowboarding to film with – even after five months out since destroying his shoulder Dutton was killing it, and Ross with a rebuilt knee was sending gap 270’s on the down-flat-down like it was nothing.

Even major knee surgery won’t keep Ross Needham down by Charlie Smith
Even major knee surgery won’t keep Ross Needham down by Charlie Smith

After a full day stacking footy we called it a day and headed back to the apartment to enjoy the balcony and a crate of Heineken, before having a meal with all the guys on the Tribal Riders trip. By this point we were all pretty hammered and Dutton thought he would stand and let every one know how much he had enjoyed his weekend.. all I’m saying is Dutton plus beer and Holland’s finest export is one funny combination. After the meal we headed to the cocktail bar where the Long Island Iced Tea’s were flowin’. A word of advice, if anyone ever offers you an ‘Aperol Spritz’, slap them.

Sunday was the last chance to stack clips and shoot photos before heading back to the UK. We got on the hill pretty early considering the night before, and both the guys were on form. On the last run of the day we were queuing for the lift when Tarquin was grabbed by an angry old Ski instructor who wasn’t happy that he had popped over the fence and sent it down the Slalom course for the ski racers. It turns out if you try and tell Tarquin Robbins that he can’t ride something, whether it be in a dome or on a mountain, it brings back memories of the old school days and in his words, he “gets T on your ass”

Snowworld Landgraaf – one the best indoor domes in the world and a great place for a quick trip.

With thanks to

Snowworld Landgraaf

Burton

Tribal Riders

Ollie Dutton, rail rider and after dinner speaker extraordinaire by Charlie Smith
Ollie Dutton, rail rider and after dinner speaker extraordinaire by Charlie Smith

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