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More from Meribel

  • Posted by aron
  • 10 February 2009

Jon was kind enough to lend me his LOMO for the snowboard trip, and I've just got back the developed film. Most of them aren't great but there's a few that came out looking just fine...

If you want to learn more about Lomography check out this link here.

And if you have any lomo you'd like to share send it to me at howies.co.uk

Snowboarding in Meribel

  • Posted by aron
  • 4 February 2009

Thought it's time i'd blog about my week snowboarding in Meribel...

It was my first time snowboarding, haven't even been on a winter holiday before so was pretty exciting seeing some decent snow for once. There was a massive 80cm dump the night before our first day on the slopes so the process of learning to snowboard, i.e. falling on your arse all the time, was made a heck of a lot easier. My mate Bailey gave us some pointers (he'd done a 5 month season in the same place a few years back) and within a few hours i got the hang of linking turns. I must point out that I caught plenty of edges trying to get this right, which also continued the following day but the first few hours seemed to go pretty well.

Within the first few days I'd managed to get down some of the blue runs without a hiccup, pretty pleased with myself so i began to follow some of my more experienced friends down the red and black runs. Shit me they were scary. Especially when there's a hundred skiers flying past you. But after a few days the confidence grew and i was just about holding my own with the rest of the group.

Did some apres at the Ronnie too, and met Dan who'd commented on my blog before i went out. A splendid chap indeed and my thanks goes out to you if you're reading this (and sorry i couldn't catch up with you for that run on friday). Oh ye, and saw a local ice hockey match... brutal to say the least.

By the end of the week I'd boarded down the three Valleys - Valles Thorens, Courchavel and Meribel. There were plenty of amazing runs i managed to get on and even managed do do a few jumps. Some runs were busier than others, some were icy and some were powder but all the same it was such a great feeling bombing slopes at 30mph alongside a cliff edge.

To top it all off i met a bunch of great people in our group of 26, had some bloody lovely grub and danced silly every night out.

I'm heading out again soon. No doubt.


^ the view from our chalet


^ one of the runs in Valles Thorens


^ me and ben in Meribel (cold bums)


^ everyone on the trip

Here's some links of interest;

Ski-republic have a ski and board hire store in the center of Meribel, really easy to get to and at the moment they do a 2for1 offer on hire equipment, which at the current rate of exchange is good for saving a fair few quid, here's the link to Ski-Republic.

Click here for a 6day forecast on the weather out there.

And here's the homepage for Meribel and all that goes on there.

Thankyou and goodnight

  • Posted by aron
  • 23 January 2009

The final amended version of the catalogue has at last been sent to print. So it should be landing on your doorsteps mid-Feb. Thankyou very much to everyone that helped out making this one happen, you are all very special people. And of course, to Nick and Pete, was a pleasure working with you guys on this one.

Right then, bags are packed, I'm off for a week in the snow. See you soon.


Right now

  • Posted by aron
  • 16 January 2009

I am here, at my desk, eating chocolate, listening to Metallica, designing the Spring 2009 catalogue.

Looking good so far...


  • Posted by aron
  • 14 January 2009

Steve is a good friend of mine. We studied graphic design together in Cardiff for 3 years and are now doing what we love. He has recently started a blog called DesignYak, which discusses all elements of graphic design. Check it out right here. Below is a new year's card he gave me. Sorry I didn't send you one mate. Next time.

pow pow

  • Posted by aron
  • 12 January 2009


In less than two weeks i'll be heading off to snowy Meribel to do a week of snowboarding. Got my gear, got my passport, got my insurance, got my ski pass, got my rental plus all the other little things I need. Now all I need is the patience.

Photo by Simon Rogers up above the clouds on the Alps.

Daft Bodies

  • Posted by aron
  • 22 December 2008

Here's a pretty cool vid my mate Siôn showed me on the weekend.


Dark Side of the Moon

  • Posted by aron
  • 19 December 2008


Created by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, also know as Hipgnosis, for Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon'. Possibly one of the finest album covers ever (and great music to boot). Also made better by the fact that it was made before Photoshop even existed. Very nice indeed.

Snow and skate

  • Posted by aron
  • 19 December 2008

In a few weeks time, once the Spring catalogue is all done, I'll be heading off to Meribel to do a week's worth of snowboarding. Chris V has kindly lent me some of his gear for the trip so that's all sorted but seems like i've left it a bit too late to change my euros. Eek. Anyway, here's some inventive snowboarding from Scott Stevens that's got me counting down the days...



And here's one of Fenrich's vids of him, Bailey and others skating in Barcelona earlier this year.


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