Whatever happens, the Quest will come to an end today and a cover will be picked by the riders tonight. Pressure, pressure!
But before this, the different crews have another day of shooting and another chance to find some of the perfect secret spots that the Val d’Isère mountains can count. Unfortunately for them, it’s snowing very heavily in the resort today, and it might not change for the next hours.
I left you the other day as I was leaving for a drop session with photographer Julien Laurent and 4 riders: Tobias Karlsson, Nils Ardvidsson, Anton Gunnarsson and David Livet. Each of these riders came back with a shot in the bag, with an advantage to David’s Cab 360 over a chalet roof, and Anton with a ballsy drop close to the Tignes barrage and its dramatic scenery.
On our way back, we were told that Allouan Ricciardi had to go home after a bad slam on his back, he couldn’t ride anymore this week. We wish the best to Allouan, and we thank him for his commitment and particularly his great motivation on the park session on the first day of the Quest. A rider leaving, another one was already here yesterday: Jules Reymond came to join Julien Laurent, David Livet and Laurent Gougain to hit a very whippy backcountry kicker in the area of Col de Fresse.
Not very far from there, Scalp was shooting another backcountry booter together with filmer Christof Fritschi and a big crew of riders: Markus Keller, Gary Zebrowski, Arthur Giraud and Aymeric Tonin. That session created a bit of a chaos on the slopes as people were stopping and literally blocking the piste for a moment to watch Markus’ BS720, and Gary’s switch BS540 and switch BS720. Markus also tried a 10 but didn’t land it.
On the other side of the piste and causing even more chaos, Valérian Ducourtil, Mehdi Abdesallam and Patrick Huber were trying to get as much speed as possible to fly over the super gnarly booter which was licking riders high in the air. It worked out for Patrick who finally landed a BS Rodeo 900 captured by Fabien Lamborot. Fred Egli and Thomas Sarrameda had chosen to stay in the valley to shoot a perfect wallride, that might well end up between the favourites of the riders. Unfortunately we can’t share all these beauties with you right now, for obvious reasons… But you will see them eventually in the mag, word.
It was then time for the party, and the live performance of the Nitro band, featuring Jonas Hagström and Yves Ardelt. The powerful Rock, mixing old tunes from the Rolling Stones and creations, drove the crowd crazy in the MBC bar. The open bar did also some injuries, including the owner of the place himself! By the way, let me thank Wally and Manouch’ for the wonderful welcome and the great party. As you can imagine, Thursday was a resting day for few of the riders, but hey! What is a snowboarding week without a raging party anyway?!
So back to present, the last shooting day and that photographer Eric Bergeri has the firm intention to turn today into a success for his first and only day at “the Quest". Some will also go to the park today, where Sylvain and Gumby have shaped a big step up to complete the pro line. Thanks also to them for their great work and help this week!
Tonight at 7pm the Quest For The Holy Cover will be over and the cover chosen. Another shot that you will have to wait a bit more to see, but we’ll find a way to give you the feel to it… Word.