DC L’Invasion 2015

The nightlife was on FIRE in Méribel for L'Invasion 2015. Anto Chamberland front boards the gap. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
Iikka Backstrom styles a front 3 over the DC 'Area 43' park in Méribel. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
Devun Walsh is one of the most legendary backcountry riders of all time, and would never turn down an Après fueled trip to the Alps with the crew. PHOTO: Andoni Epelde
Mat Shaer charges in the backcountry. Check any one of his Absinthe Films parts to see how big this Swiss ripper goes. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
The 'Area 43' Park in Méribel-Mottaret, France. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
Ryan Tiene made the trip from Australia, via his winter residence of Whistler. PHOTO: Cyril Muller
Charles Beckinsale was the MVP of the trip. Charles was riding hard all day with the crew, then doing the night shift in the SPT snow cat building custom features like this step over for the crew. What a BOSS. PHOTO: Cyril Muller.
Justin Fronius lapping the park with the crew. Fronius made the trip out from Minneapolis, Minnesota. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
Piotr Janosz frontside 1080 over the second jump. PHOTO: Andoni Epelde
Iikka Backstrom gets creative with a plant right in the middle of the step up feature. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
Sebbe De Buck charges. Side hit cork on the way to the chair. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
10 year old Benni Fridbjornsson from Iceland is a kid you will be seeing a lot more of over the next years. First backcountry jump, stomped. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
Anto Chamberland plants one over. PHOTO: Cyril Muller
Iikka Backstrom throws down a McTwist, on the way to Après. PHOTO: Andoni Epelde
The scene at 'Area 43' with the whole DC L'Invasion crew lapping and drinking Carlsbergs. PHOTO: David Manaud
The beverage of choice for the week. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
DJ for the on snow party. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
On hill party prep. PHOTO: David Manaud
French BBQ. PHOTO: David Manaud
Fancy french apps. PHOTO: David Manaud
Mons Roisland putting on a show for all the wasted Apres Skiers at the legendary 'Rond Point' bar. PHOTO: Andoni Epelde
Anto Chamberland over a sleepy Fronius. PHOTO: Cyril Muller
Devun Walsh hiking for some fresh turns right next to the park. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
Anto Chamberland plants one over the flaming mushroom. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton
Iikka ripping some spring groomers. PHOTO: Cyril Muller
Until next year. PHOTO: Cyril Muller
The setting for the DC L'Invasion 2015, the 'Area 43' park in Méribel France. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

DC Snowboarding L’Invasion 2015

When you bring together 100 people including the Global DC snowboarding team, a large group of key retailers from around the world, and the main snowboarding media for a week of snowboarding and partying in the French Alps, you get L’INVASION 2015.

The DC Area 43 Park in Méribel.

The setting was Méribel, a beautiful resort deep in the French Alps, part of ‘Les Trois Vallées’ the largest ski area in the world, with over 180 lifts, and 335 runs. The area includes the resorts of Courchevel, La Tania, Méribel, Les Menuires-Saint Martin, Val Thorens and Orelle.

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Le Rond Point, one of the famous aprés spots in Méribel. Mellow 4 p.m. crowd surfing session. PHOTO: Nick Hamilton

Méribel is as famous for its après partying as it is for its endless terrain. Here DC sponsors the snowboard park called Area 43, and also has a custom chalet, reminiscent of the original Mountain Lab in Park City, where team and retailers can come visit throughout the season to test out the new line.

Méribel is part of ‘Les Trois Vallées’ the largest ski area in the world, with over 180 lifts, and 335 runs.

DC riders that made the trip included Devun Walsh, Anto Chamberland, Iikka Backstrom, Ryan Tiene, Justin Fronius, Mat Schaer, Mons Roisland, Sebbe De Buck, Alex Stewart, Marc Salas, Rachida Aoulad, and Piotr Janosz.

The first annual L’Invasion made a lot of noise, and I’m sure the legend will grow, returning even bigger and better the next season. Thanks Bobby, Jon, Thomas, Julien, Cyril, and everyone else for great times.

Check out #DCLINVASION2015 on Insta for the play by play 

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