Tell us about your experience!
When you live in Bonneval sur Arc, skiing is virtually second nature. I was on skis by the age of two years, before following the “classic” skiing path: ski club, training, races, etc. I got a few good results, especially in the technical disciplines, giant and slalom. But by then I was already more into powder than slalom posts. My coach even used to say I’d never succeed in downhill because I enjoyed skiing too much! It’s true that, whenever I spotted fresh snow before a competition, I’d go and trace my curves instead of concentrating on my race… All the same, I continued downhill racing until my lycée years, but didn’t manage to go any further. So I became a ski instructor and, above all, tried to get into freeride skiing. It wasn’t easy because I didn’t know anyone in those circles but I worked hard to earn my place and was able to participate in the Freeride World Tour in 2007. Nowadays, if the conditions are right and my customers are good enough skiers, I inevitably take them to enjoy the off-piste sectors of Bonneval sur Arc!
What is your favourite freeride spot?
I have loads. Bonneval sur Arc is a fabulous playground whatever your preference. You can trace wide curves in the powder, hurtle down couloirs or jump 15-metre walls! I’ve done a lot of jumps but I’ve calmed down a bit now because my back keeps reminding me I’m not a teenager any more… But at the end of the day, my favourite challenge is to throw myself down a steep slope where there’s no room for error.
How does it feel to be hosting the French Freeride Series?
It’s a great pleasure and a proud moment. Bonneval sur Arc is a real gem for freeriders. We always have amazing conditions with huge quantities of snow. This resort deserves more fame and recognition. It offers real opportunities for the local youth too. It’s quite something to be able to compete in the Freeride World Qualifier or Junior Tour, here at the end of the Haute Maurienne valley.