• Caitlin Kennedy

Shaping Up For Slopestyle

Ahead of the European Cup Slopestyle competition in the Tignes Park at the end of the month, we caught up with Park Shaper extraordinaire, Chris Bratt.

Do you come from a freestyle background?

Yeah, I’ve been snowboarding since I was a kid. Back in the day, I started out on the dry slope at Yeovil and there’s only so much you can do with two runs so I turned to freestyle. That’s where snowboarding inevitably leads anyway.

Yeah it seems like there’s been a big contingent of great freestyle skiers and boarders that have come from the UK’s dry slopes.

We are the best. When you learn on plastic, you’re bound to be good on snow.

So true. How did you end up in Tignes?

I got a job on the Glacier in the summer four years ago and then landed the winter shaper job through that. Before, I was in Andorra working in a Park there, and I’ve done seasons in Austria as well, so I’ve been around a fair bit. This is my 18th season but Tignes is my favourite resort.

Are there any days when you look out the window and think: this is going to be toug