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First woman to land a backside double cork 1080

Not sure if this was posted or anyone cares but I thought what made it cool was she's 16.

First woman to land a backside double cork 1080 – 16 year old Katie Ormerod


I loved the slow motion video that shows how hard she winds up and all the little movements that make this possible and scare the shit out of me to just attempt a 3 !!!

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Awesome!

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It amazes me how the British are starting to grow some good talent, considering it is not classed as a snow country...!!!

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It amazes me how the British are starting to grow some good talent, considering it is not classed as a snow country...!!!
A lot of brits I know actually get more riding in than many people in snow countries due to dry slopes being popular in parts of the UK.

From what I've seen, a lot of them will go somewhere snowy like Whistler for the winter, then go back to the UK for summer and get more riding in on the dry slopes.

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A lot of brits I know actually get more riding in than many people in snow countries due to dry slopes being popular in parts of the UK.

From what I've seen, a lot of them will go somewhere snowy like Whistler for the winter, then go back to the UK for summer and get more riding in on the dry slopes.
There are also quite a few snow-domes, which are relatively ok for practising tricks & park-style riding. Not long & steep enough for proper carving, but sufficient to work on jumps etc. This may also explain why the Brits have more riders in the pipe/slopestyle categories, than slalom/downhill.
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I understand how domes work, i have ridden them before left the UK for Norway, and i can say, that unless you are already good, then getting time in them the time needed for practice, is extremely expensive...!!!

30+ for 2 hours, in a Dome, and they only have park for maybe 2 days normally 1 day a week, so again, while it may be there, it is not easy...

I know that sponsorship helps, and rich parents, but this is not normal in the UK and the economy as it is, there are very few that can financially afford to support themselves let alone have enough time in domes...

All i was saying, is that it is nice to see how many we DO have coming through, but i think there is more to it than just having all year round availability on a slope that is normally only 160 meters long...

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This was last Friday evening...

I don't know if anyone else will notice unless pointed out, but what is interesting is the amount of snowboarders compared to skiers, significantly more in my eye, which is a contradiction to most other places i think...

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I wonder why we don't have a single one of those in this country
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I was wondering this as well.
I also wonder what the operational cost would be. I know here in the Midwest it probably wouldn't work. 1) who wants to ride indoors when the real (so call) hills are finally open. With all the other sports baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer for summer sports wondering how many ppl would really be drawn to a place like this.

also curious the footprint of that building? I'm not a great judge of sq footage but wondering how big that is....300-500 thousand sq ??

if anyone knows details about these kinds of things, I'm just curious and to early in the morning to really care to google it...

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I was wondering this as well.
I also wonder what the operational cost would be. I know here in the Midwest it probably wouldn't work. 1) who wants to ride indoors when the real (so call) hills are finally open. With all the other sports baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer for summer sports wondering how many ppl would really be drawn to a place like this.

also curious the footprint of that building? I'm not a great judge of sq footage but wondering how big that is....300-500 thousand sq ??

if anyone knows details about these kinds of things, I'm just curious and to early in the morning to really care to google it...

The snow surface is more like 40-45 thousand sqft. IIRC. 2 minutes up (via lift), 10-15 secs down depending on how fast you carve. The freestyle terrain in the video above is set up about once a month. Otherwise, usually one box, a rail maybe and a pretty small kicker on one side of the slope, which is a bunny slope by CO/UT standards. Not badmouthing the setup at all. I rode the dome at Leeds/Castleford several times and enjoyed it. No doubt about the fact that it motivates you want to get more into park style riding, if only to extend your time on the slope. That said, it's impossible to envision how such a slope can be anything more than a warm up routine, if that, for someone throwing tricks like Katie and Anna Gasser.

On paper, something like this should work quite well in the southern states of the US. But there's no way to tell with any certainty, without some serious market research for the reasons Slyder mentioned. It's not like GB doesn't have summer sports too, but maybe the social cultures (between GB and the US) are different enough...

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