Carving Sessions are organized carving events in various parts of the world
in which up to 100+ carvers invade a mountain. Sessions attract a wide diversity
of carvers, from all over the world, with different carving styles, different
skill levels, and with both new and vintage gear - It's like the Star Wars bar
scene. The skill levels span the whole range, so carving sessions are also great
Big Time Carving Sessions
|Big Time Carving Sessions
Flegmatic-Carving sessions in Finland/Norway, from Ojankaivajat. They produce a DVD with all the events.
|The Oppdal CarvingCamp will be held at Oppdal in Norway March 5-10, 2007. Oppdal features four ski resorts: Vangslia, Ådalen, Stölen and Hovden, and has great un-crowded carving runs. They will also have a European Tinkler Session at Oppdal CarvingCamp. See photos from 03, 04, and 05
The EasterCamp will be held at Ylläsi, April 2-8, 2007: A great late-season camp.
Alpinepunk will host the Hardbooters
Unite 2007 Swedish Session at Sälen, in Sweden, March 22-25, 2007. They will have a bunch of F2 demo gear.
||The 3-day 4rd
annual ExtremeCarving Session will be held at Zinal,
Switzerland February 3-5, 2007. If the weather is bad, they move to Grimentz. They should have a bunch of their new SWOARD 2D models for demo. See 2006 photos1 photos2 photos3 photos4 as well as an ECS blog
||The Oregon Expression Session will be held at Mt. Bachelor March 8-11, 2007.
|PureBoarding sessions in Europe. See CoolTV for online
coverage of previous sessions.
||They hold sessions in Aspen, St. Moritz, Davos, Kaunertal, Wolkenstein. They usually get a closed slope for their Davos session.
||The 7-day Summit
Expression Session (SES) will be held in Aspen Resorts February 10-16,
2007. Get a lesson from Marco while you're out there.
host the 4th annual WTC (Wasatch
Trenchin' Convention) January 25-28, 2007.
|MAC Tracks '07
||The MAC Tracks '07 session will be held February 9, 2007 at Ski Roundtop in Lewisberry, PA
||Split-tail sessions are sometimes held at Sun Valley. See CarveDog on Bomber for details.
||Frozen-Backside organizes session at Silvretta Nova and Ischgl resorts
|Snowboard-Community.de hosted a carve-fest January 27-29, 2006 at the Reschenpaß
||The SNES (Sierra Nevada Expression Session) was held April 7-9, 2006, at Mammoth and June Mountain.
||The SOS (Southern Ontario Session) was held February 6, 2005 at Osler. See the movie and photos. Sponsors included YYZCanuck.
||The European Alpine Boarders Meeting was held in Val Senales June 16-18, 2006
||The Siberia hardbooters session was held at Mt Gladenkaia, March 26-April 2.
||The 7-day East Coast Expression Session (ECES) was held at Sugarloaf March 6-12, 2006. Photos1 and Photos2 from 2006, photos1, photos2 from 2004.
- The "Breakfast Club" at Killington. They gather at Out of Bounds
Snowboards on Sundays at 7:30 AM, and then meet at the Snowdon lift at 8.
- At Steamboat: meet at the gondola, near the Billy Kidd statue Mondays at 8:30. See Dave:
- The Italians gather each weekend at Cortina D'Ampezzo, in Italy. It is organized by Alberto, who says "I will supply you with tons of Catek."
Sessions are modeled after the original surfing Expression Sessions, and are
intended to be non-competitive, with no racing, winners, or losers. Carving
skill seems to transfer by osmosis, so you will generally finish the session
with a vastly improved heel side. You also get the VIP treatment with a bunch
- Sometimes the resort ropes off the best carving runs for session participants.
- To ensure primo 'cord, the organizers always pay off the groomers with a few six packs..
- Demo gear is often available. At the bigger sessions, you should bring one
powder board in case it dumps, but you only have to bring one carving board
(or even zero) because you can select from the demo fleet. It is a great opportunity
for beginners to try out carving gear, and the demo tents always get a few
walk-ins who have never heard of carving. At the end of the session, sometimes
the demo gear is sold at a discount, after being used only during the event.
- Carving clinics and tuning clinics are often included.
- There's usually a video camera or two, and a DVD of the session might be
produced afterwards. There are lots of people taking pictures, and you might
even be able to see some of the photos. Especially on cloudy or sunny days, riders often appear in complete silhouette on the video. It's nice to have some light colored pattern somewhere on your outfit so you can easily recognize yourself in the video.
- The organizers often arrange package deals for lodging, lift tickets, and
events, plus there is the opportunity to par-Tay.
- For SES, the awesome deal on lift tickets and parties alone makes it worth going. You can't get a better deal on lift tickets than the Bomber package.
- Ajax mountain offers a first tracks deal for groups: you get a single guided run from top to bottom, starting 1/2 hour before the lifts open. You have to book it in advance.
- Even though the SES schedules days at all 4 Aspen resorts, a lot of folks stay at Buttermilk or Ajax the entire time.
- Be sure to take at least one really long board with you - the runs at Aspen are wide.
- If you want to go cheap on lodging, consider Glenwood Springs.
- The flights into and out of Aspen are often delayed by up up to 3 hours. If you are flying from Aspen to a connecting flight, give yourself a 3 hour layover, just in case. Also, be sure to double-check to see if your flight is delayed before you head to the airport: it might be delayed enough to get in a few runs.
- The coin-operated swedish massage chair in the Aspen terminal is a welcome respite after a week of carving.
- When you demo a board, Session etiquette dictates that you ride it for no more than 2 hours; there are people waiting to demo.
- Bring two pairs of gloves: it's likely that one pair will get hopelessly waterlogged, and will take a few days to dry out.
- For the limbo contest, speed is not important.
- Scotchguard all your stuff, like board bags, camera bags, gloves, etc.
- Bring an all mtn board, which comes in handy on a pow day, or if you get shin bang.
- If the session doesn't have a sponsored clinic, you can get ad-hoc tips
from people at the session (just ask). The resort may have clueful carving
instructors, but you may have to book them in advance.
- Demo as much gear as you can. The best way to evaluate different boards
is to ride them one after the other on the same day, and now is your chance. Because you will be constantly swapping out your bindings, bring extra grease in a Zip-loc for bolt heads, and it's not a bad idea to bring a heavy-duty ratchet wrench with a 5mm bit.
- If you have Bomber board bags or Snow Raider gloves, put your name on them,
since they will be everywhere, and indistinguishable.
- You can sell used gear at the sessions (selling new gear probably isn't allowed), and people can demo before they buy. If you are thinking of buying a demo board from someone, you might want to bring a check.
- If you take pictures at a session, zip them up, upload them to yousendit.com (up to 1 GB per file), then ask Fin to host the files.
- Don't try too hard to get in the video or photo shoots - It'll make your
technique suffer. Plus, it may be a while before you see the
- You can ship your boards to your hotel/motel beforehand to avoid the airline hassle.
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