After an exciting Onboard-Nitro week in Val d’Isère, we decided to stay in France for some more freshies. Can you blame us for that? Well first, I haven’t been around my native country for pretty much all winter, and second, it’s the place where we had the heaviest snowfalls in the last few days. Funny how things can change from a miserable winter until maybe two weeks ago, and now everybody is out there shooting and filming, super motivated again… It might be not such a bad season after all!
We’re actually cooking a brand new format for the next season’s Spot Checks in Onboard magazine, and that’s also the reason for this little French cruise: looking for hidden spots in Tarentaise, then down more south, in Serre-Chevalier where I am right now. The conditions are pretty good here despite the warm weather, and we also scoped some crazy small places around where some were covered in a good 1.5m of fresh snow! Queyras for example, is one of those unknown valleys, that got dumped on in the last few days.
Local crew – Bruno Rivoire, Brynild Vuilin and more – are killing it right now in Queyras. So we cruised around with local rider Julien Bourguignon, before coming back to his crazy pad on the mountain opposite the resort of Serre-Chevalier. The dude got THE spot. He even has a mini-ramp in his lounge! And a cinema room – that I used as my bedroom for a bit – thanks again Julien!
We also paid a little visit to the legendary local shop ‘Krakatoa’, owned by the snowboard pioneers in the valley, the Moranval brothers, also organisers of the classic ‘Derby de la Meije’ which going to happen in a couple of weeks.
As you’re reading this kids, we are up to some more freshies, back in Queyras, and then I’ll head up to the Candide Invitational in La Clusaz, which I heard is going to be another one of those monster sessions. I also heard about something a lot less funny. Pat and his crew had an accident while shooting for the first time of the season in the so called ‘La Zone’ in Les Crosets, and Laurent Gougain got hit by a bit block of ice that broke his leg. So I wish him all the best for the recovery, and I hope to see him soon back in Chamonix at the end of the month.
In fact it’s true there is lot of snow in some places at the moment, but keep it safe kids, as it’s very dangerous out there with the late dump and the warm weather.