Freeriding days

Blue sky, the sun is shining, the birds are singing, here we are again, spring is here again and the season will soon be over. I know that for the great majority of people this is a happy moment, but for winter people like me, it’s not. I can’t help feeling a bit melancholic and sad thinking that I will have to wait 7 months before winter arrives again. At the same time, I know that nature has to do its course and after all the snow mother nature sent us recently, I can’t really complain too much.

Winter feels like a distant memory of the past. It was such a great winter though! I took these pictures riding around the resort with my friends. They were only 2 of the many days we had this season where we have been riding powder non-stop from morning to the end of the day. very few people around the resort, no queues at the lifts, lots and lots of fresh snow, good friends.. what else could we have asked for? One of the best aspects of living for a season in a ski resort and becoming a “local” is that when the snow arrives you are already there, ready to make the most of it.

You know when to go, where to go, for how long.. the exercise is basically learn how to ride the whole day and keep finding “freshies”, first tracks. This place is absolutely perfect for this. The terrain is so vast, there are so many trees, so many lifts..the freeriding possibilities seem endless. These are days where we would cross the slopes only to move from an off-piste area to another off-piste area, from trees to more trees.

People who know me well know that I have been snowboarding for almost 20 years now and have been blessed with so many days like these in my life. Still today though, one of the nicest memories I have is the smile of the friends I am with. It doesn’t matter what type of equipment you use to have a more connected ride, it doesn’t matter if this is your first season on a board/skis and you are just starting to ride powder or if you have been riding it for 10 years, the smile on the face is the same. Everybody feels so ridiculously lucky just to be able to experience the sensations that come from being there.    

Earlier on I wrote that every time I find myself walking in the backcountry surrounded by the snow and the beauty of the mountains I feel like I am in the right place at the right time. Well, when I ride powder I feel the same. Every powder day is definitely one of the best days of my life. That’s probably why I keep spending time on my board, it just makes me happy and helps me having the best time of my life

Silence.. not many neighbours on the chairs and even if there were some you could not see them

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Tree riding.. freeriding at its best

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I will never understand why people consider this “bad” weather. if I am stuck within ski resort boudaries it’s my favourite weather

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and the view’s so nice

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as good as it gets

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did I mention how much I LOVE riding in the trees?

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Later on in the season, more snow and more sun… yes, still there.. on the hill every day

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picking up a line has never been so easy

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talking about picking up lines.. that is what is all about. I am dropping in

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a week is not long enough to ride trhough all the trees of the area

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It’s easy to take good pictures when Moither Nature helps you soooooo much

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coming out from trees and dropping in trees.. coming out and dropping in.. this is what tree riding is all about

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