Jamie Nicholls, who spent his formative years on the bristles of a dry slope, seems to be drawn to facilities of artificial shredding, such as The Snow Centre over in the UK. Some diehard naturalists might object to Jamie’s opting for manmade rather than organic methods of honing his skill, but these are just same sticklers who grumble about the fact that professional hockey takes place in a rink instead of on a frozen pond, baseball in a stadium instead of a sandlot situated next to a junkyard.  We’ve all seen how strongly Jamie shines when he ventures into the mountains, natures burly playground, proving that the alternatives to real resorts and natural snow are viable ways for creating snowboarders of the highest caliber. All that we know is that summer is too long, and the more indoor-riding arenas the less anguish we’d suffer in the off season.