Last year I had the opportunity to test this years Burton Flight Attendant Snowboard with Loulou from Snodroppe. We rode a few of the classic lines of the Espace Killy like the Dead Trees, Tour de Pramecou and La petite Balme. It was amazing, the board handled like a dream. I have to admit I haven’t ridden a real free ride machine for years. I have either used my Antler (twin) or a pure pow board like a fish which only works well when the conditions are perfect. Loulou said this could be a great stick for guys coming on my off-piste courses, so I gave it a try.
The Flight Attendant made riding challenging snow a breeze. It soaked up the ruts and gripped on the ice. It was also mega fast in the afternoon slush. Although I usually ride short boards Loulou convinced me that this board needed to be ridden a bit longer, and he wasn’t wrong (when is he). So I took a 159 and never regretted it. Even with the bit longer length it was no hassle in the trees of Val d’sere. Its lightness made it easy to jump turn my way down steep narrow sections without getting hung up.
Even on the groomers I loved it. It had the width and edge hold to carve like nothing else I have ridden before. It was such a pleasure to lay down a big euro carve and feel confident in the fact that it was not letting go. No matter what the snow was like.
Lastly jibbing. With a friendly flex the Burton Flight Attendant had the ability to butter and pop ollies with no trouble at all. Who would have thought it! Im not saying it was a jib stick, but I certainly didn’t feel that I was going to catch an edge every time I landed a backside 1.
So to sum up. The Burton Flight Attendant was an awesome freeride board that would suit any level rider wanting to charge the back country or groomers with the ability to do a couple of laps through the park at the end of the day without ending up on your ass!
Snodroppe has the Flight Attendant to test or buy. Go chat to the boys there and try for yourself.
So, condition were perfect for the off piste course in Tignes. We managed to get epic lines in Chardonnay, Grapion and some secret stuff in Les Boisses. Everyone had a great week. Some pushed themselves out of their comfort zone and all had a great time. Running our off-piste weeks is my favorite sort of work. To me to be able to share my knowledge of the back country of Tignes is a total gift. Its not without its risks, but its certainly not without its rewards either. Of course everyone that comes on a Rebel Alliance off-piste course is given all the necessary safety equipment and everyone is fully versed on how to use it. The one picture above explains why.