When: Thu 1st of January 1970
Where: Courchevel, France
Finally the Midterms were able to take place after a two-week delay due to rain, a familiar phenomenon in all French resorts.
The park shapers in Courchevel’s new rail park worked hard against the elements and the snow from the night before to produce a perfect beginner line of 3 boxes, an exciting advanced line and a 15m table at the bottom of the park.
The riders flooded in at 10am coming from as far away as Les Deux Alpes and Les Arcs. As in all 3VSA competitions the competitors were given a healthy practice time until 12am, letting everyone acclimatize to the less than perfect snow.
The format of the day was a number of 20 minute sessions where the riders could only do a certain style of tricks. The categories were; switch, switch-ups (sex changes) and most spins (on or off). There were also two sessions for the beginners and kids to encourage these guys to keep pushing themselves for future years.
The beginners and kids qualifying session was an awesome start. Kids doing 270s on to boxes, girls hitting the whole line switch, plus some impressive falls. The spirit was buzzing and everyone qualified to ride the session on the rainbow box. This session amazed the judges. The best trick onto this box was a 270 on and 180 off, from someone who had only been riding since the beginning of the season!
The advanced group started throwing down. The first session was switch tricks on the rail line. Riders started easy for the first 10 mintues of the session, then the skiers cranked the level up. Switch 450s on to the rainbow were stuck by about half the skiers, but the best trick was definitely a switch 630 by PA Mongellaz.
The next session was exclusively for switch-ups (sex changes). Again everyone started with tricks they knew they could land, then again the skiers came through with Laurent Duhem stepping it up starting with a switch-up on the first rail to 270out then 270 on plus 2 switch-ups on the rainbow box. The atmosphere and camaraderie between the riders was unique, most of the snowboarders were trying switch-ups for the first time and all number off boardslides to tail taps were seen.
At 14.30 there was a slight break in the clouds so the program was changed and moved straight down to the kicker. All number of tricks were seen, switch, regular, inverted. The highlight had to be PA Mongellaz (skier) with his styled out switch 900 nose grab, which won him a new jacket from Endless Winter.
The light worsened again and we decrided to cancel the most spin session. Lauren Duhem came in number one skier winning a new pair of Liberty SB skis. Victor Loron won the super final on the kicker over Benoit Pellegrin to get a new pair of APO bindings.
Best Kid: Chad Darmé
Best Girl: Mathilde Cordier
Best Beginner (only 1 season riding): Remi Houson
Top 5 switch riders
Top 5 switch-up riders
Overall best snowboarder: Victor Loron
Overall best big-air trick: PA Mongellaz