Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2016
SWOARD snowboards organizes every winter the ExtremeCarving Session. This event is included in the Swoard Demo Tour, with four other smaller meetings (in resorts we have "certified for EC"). "Demo" does not only mean that the participants can test Swoard boards, but also that they can watch demonstrations of extremecarving by the Swoard team (the founders and Swoard instructors).
Free lessons or advices are given to explain the ride technique developed by Jacques Rilliet and Patrice Fivat from 1995 to 2001. This technique, easily identifiable, is especially adapted to the width and other specificities of the SWOARD Extremecarver Gen5, the snowboard that inspired extremecarving. The words "rotation", "push-pull", "fluidity" and "gesture purity" will be part of your vocabulary. Advices on the settings of bindings and boots are also provided to benefit fully from all advantages of the SWOARD snowboards.
The SWOARD Dual2 model is also available during the events. Therefore the riders in soft boots are welcome! The SWOARD Extremecarver Pro2 is made in limited series by hand (in 3 sizes and 5 flexes): thus only few demo boards are available. It is presented at the stand with the new SWOARD Redline bindings.
> Swoard Demo Tour 2017
At least 2-3 Swoard instructors will be present at each event. The Swoard team will be complete with 6 instructors during the main event "ExtremeCarving Session" in Zinal.
> ExtremeCarving Session 2017 : Jan 28th to 30th, 2017 > Zinal, Switzerland
The meeting takes place in the typical and small village of Zinal (Switzerland), the home of Swoard. At the altitude of 2900 m the panorama is just amazing. The participants can carve laid turns on the dream slopes that are shown in the Swoard movies, with the best specialists of the extremecarving discipline. A black slope, perfectly groomed, is reserved for us every morning.
The level of most participants has incredibly raised since the first session, which had been organized at the request of the community over Internet. This event has become very popular with more than 230 snowboarders (from 15-20 countries) who want to push their limits still further.
During the three days of the event, the snowboarders are sharing their passion and experiences. Many friendships appear or get stronger. The stands on the snow, the bars, the Saturday dinner and other activities are contributing to the excellent atmosphere around this unforgettable experience.
More than 30 demo boards will be made available for anyone who would like to test the SWOARD Extremecarver. It is also the opportunity to find the board that is best suited to your size / weight / shoes-size. Remember to bring your favorite bindings and hard boots as this equipment will not be supplied. More than 12 demo boards of the model SWOARD Dual will be available too.
You will be filmed and photographed! On Saturday evening in the main hall of the village: big dinner for everyone and screening of the day filming. Monday Jan 30th is a day not to be missed as there will be no large crowds on the slopes.
> Reports of the thirteen previous sessions: see below.
> Detailed program, info and registration: Swoard ECS 2017 (PDF document)
> What is important in 2017?
> ExtremeCarving Session 2016 : Jan 30th - Feb 1st, 2016 > Zinal, Switzerland
The number 13 has brought good luck to all the participants. The EC conditions were awesome on Saturday, probably the best for 5 years. The spectacle with all the extremecarvers was beautiful below the blue sky. On Sunday we got 60-70 cm of fresh snow! Full sun was back on Monday for superb freeriding.
> ExtremeCarving Session 2015 : Jan 31st - Feb 2nd, 2015 > Zinal, Switzerland
Another session where you had to come with two snowboards, alpine and freeride. Some of the newcomers have travelled from Quebec: the family is truly global! We managed to perform not too bad EC turns in difficult conditions, as this can be seen in the pictures and the film given in the links below.
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2015
> ExtremeCarving Session 2014 : Jan 25th to 27th, 2014 > Zinal, Switzerland
Saturday was a beautiful EC day, with the sun but however a snow which was a bit too soft.
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2014
> ExtremeCarving Session 2013 : Jan 26th to 28th, 2013 > Zinal, Switzerland
What a beautiful 10 years anniversary for the ExtremeCarving Session and Swoard! The three founders were naturally present: Patrice, Jacques and Nils. The Saturday dinner ended with an anniversary cake, music and drinks... for sportsmen. The conditions of carving and EC were fabulous on Saturday and Sunday, as rarely. On Monday, further to a grave power failure, everybody had to move to Grimentz! We won't forget this!
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2013
> ExtremeCarving Session 2012 : Jan 28th to 30th, 2012 > Zinal, Switzerland
This has been a great session again! On Saturday the snow was quite soft but we could lay down with nice moments of sun, despite the pessimistic weather forecast. Riding off piste was great and many participants could enjoy the powder down to the other resort, Grimentz. The snow was harder on Sunday and Monday, and the freeride boards were replaced by the alpine weapons.
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2012
> ExtremeCarving Session 2011 : Jan 29th to 31st, 2011 > Zinal, Switzerland
While the winter was very bad in West of the Alps (ice and stones everywhere!), the people working at the slope maintenance managed to make miracles. The famous slope "Barthélémy" was just perfect for extremecarving. Sun for three days, smiles, friendships and excellent atmosphere again!
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2011
> ExtremeCarving Session 2010 : Jan 30th - Feb 1st, 2010 > Zinal, Switzerland
The fresh snow on Saturday was ideal to present the new DUAL model dedicated to freeriding and freecarving. The bitter cold and the weather have given a very special atmosphere to this session, which has become indispensable to many. The sun came back on Sunday and Monday to the delight of the 230 participants.
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2010
> ExtremeCarving Session 2009 : Jan 31st - Feb 2nd, 2009 > Zinal, Switzerland
With 220 participants, it has been the biggest meeting so far!
This is almost the maximum possible for the small resort and the main hall. Though the size of the village is a disadvantage, we believe that it is contributing to the particular atmosphere of this event.
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2009
> ExtremeCarving Session 2008 : Feb 23rd to 25th, 2008 > Zinal, Switzerland
The Swoard event has made another step with the help of many volunteers. More activities, a big stand with tents and tables, two dinners all together, a tombola, videos and other surprises... Well, it was probably the best session till now! The about 200 participants have appreciated the slopes, the ambiance and the beautiful weather during the 3 days (again!), with a spring temperature on Monday.
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2008
> ExtremeCarving Session 2007 : Feb 3rd to 5th, 2007 > Zinal, Switzerland
About 170 participants from 20 countries have come for, again, 3 sunny days! We got excellent snow conditions for carving and extremecarving: probably
the best in the last 4 sessions. A black slope was reserved in the morning for the participants only! Great moments and excellent spirit.
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2007
> ExtremeCarving Session 2006 : Feb 11th to 13th, 2006 > Zinal, Switzerland
As for the 2 preceding sessions, we got 3 sunny days! But the lack of snow (never seen for 40 years!) pushed us to Grimentz (8 minutes away) where the conditions were much better.
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2006
> ExtremeCarving Session 2005 : Jan 28th to 30th, 2005 > Zinal, Switzerland
The snow has come right in time before the meeting and made us forget a bad winter start!
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2005
> ExtremeCarving Session 2004 : Jan 31st - Feb 2nd, 2004 > Zinal, Switzerland
This first extremecarving meeting in the world was great! About 60 participants joined us to lay down turns in
Zinal, Switzerland (region of Valais), in a nice and friendly atmosphere.
Group photo - ExtremeCarving Session 2004
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