Growing up in Biarritz, on the south west coast of France, I wasn’t meant to fall in love with skiing, but eventually I did. As a kid, I learned to ski in the Pyrenees. My parents who are not skiers were so cool to drive me to resorts on weekends and to go skiing during every winter holidays because that’s what I wanted. At the age of 14, I went to the Alps for the first time in Chamonix… that’s when the magic happened.
Everything was bigger, the snow was different and the atmosphere was unreal to me. That’s also where and when I discovered off piste skiing. The new sensations I felt were so cool I instantly understood I’d have to ski for the rest of my life! Then, at the age of 18 years-old, when I had the choice to move for my studies, I decided to make the move to the Alps.
Currently, I’m a student in Business in Lausanne, Switzerland where I can combine education and passion. With my ski friends (I could call them as my crew), we seek for powder and venues throughout winter, whether it’s in resorts or skinning in the backcountry. Going to the stations around the Mont-Blanc range on weekends and going further during holydays.
I’m competing a little, but I don’t really appreciate it, I prefer to ride for myself and to make images, whether it is pictures or movies. The image side of the sport is really important to me, it’s a beautiful sport and I want to show it.
First of all, I ski for the pleasure and the feelings this sport allows me to experience. For me, it’s something exceptional and I’d like to share it with everyone. So my main goal would be to convey my vision of the sport through videos and pictures and make people feel what I feel.
I don’t really have a “greatest achievement” in mind. But I would be proud and happy if one day I see that I have contributed to the sport and its culture.
It’s very divers, as in every sport that requires some kind of body strength you need good general physical preparation in order to develop your strength, your endurance and to prevent yourself from injuries. This last point is really important because skiing is a seasonal sport and you don’t want to miss an entire season because of one injury.
But another big part of your ski performance comes in your mind. It’s always about how far you’re willing to go and what risk you are willing to take. It’s a mind game. So in order to improve your performance, I think the main difficulty is dealing with yourself, your own mind. That’s why this sport is so awesome. You learn so much on yourself and the others.
Just being out in the mountains, a bit off the “civilization”, with a bunch of people you really care about and you trust is enough to make me feel satisfied. And if you add a nice line to the equation, it’s even better!
At first you never ski off piste alone, so I try to ski together with others as much as I can. But when I can’t be with someone else, I usually go to the nearest snow park and work on my freestyle skills.
I don’t know if I’m successful yet ! But if I am, I’d say it’s because I think a lot about what I’m going to do, why I do it and how it can be done before riding so that when I actually ride, I have a minimum of unknown and surprise. This way I can have a clear and simple vision of what I’m doing. Thinking about what you do is key to success in a lot of domains in life.
I’m most nervous about getting hurt. I am not that much stressed when not competing, because you always have this extra competitive stimulation that makes you go a bit further than what you usually do. So when I’m on my run, I try to stay as much objective to myself and the conditions as I can.
I don’t think I have fans ! But the closest things that look like fans are my parents and my skiing buddies. My parents have always been behind me, encouraging me to do what I love. And my friends are always here to make me push my limits further, like I do for them .
I can’t tell ! So many good advices were given and I don’t want to say something that sounds too spiritual!
Finishing my studies is my first goal, then I don’t know, I’m learning that life is really hard to predict and I don’t like to talk about things I’m not sure about. I don’t want to look back at this interview in several years and to feel stupid about it !
In the same spirit as the 2 hour ride, our Escape Raid will bring you on the runways of crests overhanging the beautiful village of Ainhoa, in the heart of a mountain massif rich in landscapes, surrounded with animals and evolving on technical passages.
Trial zones will allow you to surpass yourselves and to test the capacities of the quad.
Uneven areas, non-mandatory trial areas, approximately 45 km, strong sensations, single or two-seaters, approachable to all.