26/12/2012 | by Tom Copsey
Check the DC team, including the likes of Torstein Horgmo, Lauri Heiskari, Devun Walsh and a bunch of the Euro dudes, putting the smackdown on DC’s Area 43 setup in Meribel-Mottaret. Booming granny, it’s pretty dope.
For the second year in a row, the DC Area 43 snowpark spends the winter in Méribel-Mottaret, France, in the heart of the 3 Valleys ski area– the largest in the world. A vast playground for beginners to expert skiers and snowboarders, Area 43 has quickly become a notable feature in France and in Europe.
Last year, more than 825,000 people visited to shred the snowpark! Conveniently located at 2,400m altitude and surrounded by about twenty artificial snowmakers, the park benefits from optimal snow conditions. With 1,200m to slide down from the top to the bottom of the park, with quality features ready to be hit all winter long. DC Area 43, with it’s 90 000 m2 of features – 250m of handrails and boxes – over four areas to meet every rider’s needs: a boardercross to enjoy freestyle in a playful way, a beginner/ intermediate zone, an expert zone and a special “DC” area with new and original features, even open during photoshoots or events organized by DC Shoes. But wait there is more! The big new feature is undoubtedly the 22 feet half-pipe with XXL dimensions, ready to host the best freestyle skiers and snowboarders! Objective: making the DC Area 43 a training park of choice for the best riders by offering world-class and top-of-the-range features, to aid them towards the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. Other new features are also here to brighten up the park.
Check out the original Plattières old gondolas which are recycled and ready to hit, plus all new handrails complete the park offerings for the season. More news, although there is no more mini-ramp to skate at the bottom of the park, it’s now replaced by a small skatepark (private) housed in the former adjacent cable car station. All of this is accessible using the new cable car of Plattières which guarantees access to the park in 9 minutes from the snow front of Mottaret!
To design and shape this amazing park, DC Shoes is surrounded by the crème de la crème of shapers: Benjamin Ravanel – Winter X Games Tignes’ Superpipe shaper, Nicolas Marduel – another great shaper, all working with the great team of Hilltechnics Snowpark Consulting. To get the job done, they have a fleet of impressive machines: two dedicated snow groomers, one mechanical shovel and the superstar of the groomer, the Zaugg Pipe Monster 22’’ recently acquired by the resort. The only machine able to produce the 22 feet famous halfpipe! Finally, the DC chalet, a cozy home, is the landmark of the DC Area 43, hosting DC Shoes team riders throughout the winter, plus media and partners. This year again, Julien Vaury, the ‘DC chalet keeper’ and his super great FORD Transit Custom AREA 43 car will be available for DC’s dear guests keeping them happy for the season.
AREA 43 MÉRIBEL MOTTARET DC Area 43, Méribel-Mottaret (FRANCE) | 3 Valleys Area Opening : December, 08th 2012 to April, 20th 2013 | Access : Chatelet Chairlift ; Plattières Cablecar Lift passes rates: 44€ (Méribel Valley only) | 53€ (3 Valleys) www.dcshoes.com | More info HERE.
Find all DC Area 43 news during the season through many podcasts! Visit the YouTube channel DCShoesFilmEurope Last season, more than 250 riders from 15 countries were the special guests of DC Area 43. Many events are scheduled during the winter season: photo-shoots, meetings with DC Shoes Europe Team riders, the famous DC Shred Days (3 days early April) with the DC Shoes International Team riders such as Devun Walsh, Torstein Horgmo… Then to end it all in April, let’s party at La Folie Douce for the closing day of the season! The famous highaltitude clubbing concept and inescapable after-ski break place, recently opened in Meribel, is one of the top partners of DC Shoes and DC Area 43. A co-branded range DC x Folie Douce will be launched and available exclusively at the Folie Shop at La Folie Douce!