WORLD CUP SNOWBOARDERS BENEFIT FROM MIDNIGHT ‘BIG AIR’ TRAINING

For the second time in a month, Snow Factor Braehead, Scotland’s only indoor real snow sports destination will host some of Britain’s top ski and snowboard athletes as they prepare for the 2016/2017 World Cup season.

Billy Morgan (Southampton), 2016 X Games bronze medallist is among members of the British Park & Pipe snowboard squad who will ‘grab big air’ during a closed midnight session this Thursday and Friday (21/22 July).

While much of Glasgow sleeps, Morgan will be joined by the likes of Rowan Coultas (Bedford) and Glasgow born Matt McCormick for GB squad training.  McCormick, a 2015 Finalist at the World Rookie Fest in Austria has been helped in his development through hours of slope time at Snow Factor while just 7 years since learning to snowboard, 19 year-old Coultas is a rising star.  In Snow Factor, all will practice aerial tricks off specially constructed jumps, with the reassurance of a soft landing on a giant inflatable Airbag.

Hamish McKnight, Head Coach of the British Park & Pipe Team, highlighted the benefit of the late night training sessions:  “The British Park & Pipe Team is fortunate to have regular, closed session access to Snow Factor Braehead, giving the likes of Billy (Morgan) and Matt (McCormick) the chance to practice technique and perform challenging aerial manoeuvres in real snow conditions.

“There really is no substitute for hours of dedicated practice. Undertaken closer to home in real snow conditions, these intensive pre-season sessions will hopefully give Britain’s top slopestyle and big air specialists the edge in forthcoming international competition.”

Young skiers and snowboarders who also aspire to try aerial tricks like Morgan and McCormick can also sign up for a special coached 60 minute Airbag session from 6pm this Friday (22 July).  Places must be pre booked through www.snowfactor.com or on 0871 222 5672.