With autumn arriving, and the glorious summer of 2012 a fading memory, many of us will be hankering for the onset of winter and migration to jagged peaks and groomed parks for the next sporting extravaganza: flips, spins and turns performed high in the Alpine air. But if the idea of two months until the ski season fills you with anxiety, the upcoming Freeze Festival should tide you over. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7vpCvuNcaQ&feature=player_embedded]
An annual fixture in the London calendar, the Freeze Festival involves putting up a gigantic ramp next to Battersea Power station, covering it with artificial snow, and then having the world's most talented (and unhinged) skiers and snowboarders hoon down it before taking to the air and performing manoeuvres that would impress Louis Smith. And this is no exhibition event either - with cash prizes up for grabs, the talent won't be holding back as they seek glory at the UK's most prestigious Big Air event.
For me, the biggest draw will be freshly crowned World Slopestyle champion James "Woodsy" Woods showing us the skills that won him an X-Games medal and world championship. But beyond the snow and ice, the Festival also draws some of the biggest names in music. This year, the iconic Public Enemy headline Saturday, DJ Shadow headlines Friday and Stanton Warriors fill out an undercard worthy of top billing.
Relentless Energy Drink Freeze Festival returns to Battersea Power Station on October 26 and 27.
Tickets are now available to buy on the Freeze Festival homepage.