A Day At The Extreme Ski Center

2021-01-30   |   by CusiGO

Feeling. Looking for a brief moment floating on the vertical snow, jumping over the high light of the rock, ironing the board on a wide cloak, sometimes a friend, sometimes a fatal trap. Feeling. Free from daily busyness and boredom, create a downward line and a short track, which proves that years of dedication and learning time are reasonable. Freeride is no longer a popular thing: it attracts lifelong skiers who only see the extension of city life on the track. Many people want to escape from the queue, go out of the old way, looking for different, real feelings, desire spread like an earthquake. They look to the elite, the actresses and actors of the free riding World Tour (FWT), where 30-year-old riders see how arrogant 19-year-olds or 20-year-olds begin to push back to the throne. It’s a scene destroyed by a coronavirus pandemic, and after months of fighting, it’s lit up again: on January 23, FWT in Hakuba, Japan, started.

The members of the peak performance team, dressed in wide, colorful, long clothes, oversized tables and cool postures, are integrated with the rail users of Ordino Arcalis railway station in Andorra. They don’t stand out, lazily stroll between tourists and their families. They just give them their backpacks, equip them and try to escape the avalanche, which is one of the biggest risks inherent in the discipline. All of a sudden, they left the edge of the runway, drew a diagonal line, and a few seconds later, they took off from the rock, their speed increased, their body posture recovered, which surprised those who were surprised to see them so show off their skills.

These skiers can land where many climbers don’t want to climb with claws and pickaxes. This is not a risk-free discipline, and efforts are being made to prevent and educate new comers: everyone needs to understand that there is a gap between skiing at the station and skiing in the mountains, which needs to be narrowed on the basis of knowledge.

FWT participants take courses in flood risk prevention, nivoroggia, and the use of relief supplies, but every year too many amateur free riders die in avalanches. Accidents are rare among FWT professionals who realize they are protecting themselves. “The problem is the video. It’s a visual movement, videos burn like gunpowder on social media, people who watch videos don’t understand, and before they go down the mountain, these professionals spend hours looking for routes to make sure they don’t fall into the avalanche trap, “explained Argentinean judge Joaquin Wiener.

David Ledesma, marketing director of grandvalira / Ordino Arcalis, explains: “Ordino is the first station in the Pyrenees to organize the freride competition, where we have more and more customers: discipline has won followers as quickly as possible.”. “This explains that one of the five sleeves of FWT is organized here, and the other four are organized in ski resorts such as Japan, Canada, Austria and Switzerland.” FWT will return to Odino on February 20: the organization of this competition chose the slope of a mountain that can be seen from the station and provided it to the competitors (skiers and skiers). With the help of binoculars, they tried to guess a downhill line between the steep slope and the rock protrusion. Here, their strategic ability and understanding of the media are the decisive factors in providing a quick, controllable, spectacular and smooth descent for the jury. Previously, a team of mountain guides assessed whether there was a risk of debris flow in the area.

The only Spaniard

He explained that Joaquin Weiner admitted that “from a period of time until now, the pursuit of maximum display has deviated a little from the essence of free riding, adding more freestyle content to the original proposal (the variant of skiing, which only includes jumping and stunts in the Limited Park in the station) Snowboarder Aymar Navarro, the only Spaniard to dispute FWT, analyzed the development of the world cup in an opposite way: “I’m 30 years old, I look older, and I can compete with young people who are 19 or 20 years old, and they can make amazing spins and stunts. I understand freeride from another perspective, where it can speed up and draw descent lines without causing too much trouble to the gallery. ”

These skills are just back jump or flip flop, tressen tower, one in a hundred and other special effects introduced directly from snow park. “But we don’t just value skill,” judge warkin Wiener said. “What we care most about is the safety of the route chosen, as well as the fluency, technology and skill. If a hitchhiker falls down and loses something, he gets a zero

Sweden’s Christophe tudel is one of the team’s top performers. He was the world champion two seasons ago and he didn’t retire at the age of 30. In fact, he was the world cup leader: “I still love the game and I hope I can ski like this all my life. Work? When you stop racing, a good choice is to do it for some brands related to skiing, but the first priority is always skiing. ” The level of enthusiasm for the event can be summed up in the lifestyle of a former Japanese competitor: “I have a 4-year-old son and the other is 4 weeks old. I ski six or seven months a year when there’s no snow in my rolling restaurant. ” He lives in riverstock, Canada, one of the freedom Knights of Mecca.

Amazing woman

One of the highlights of FWT is Hedwig wessel of Norway: after two Olympic skis, she changed her discipline and shocked the world with jumps that few women provided. “I still have a lot to learn. In the Norwegian national team, we have doctors and masseuses to travel with us, and here everything is more free. Despite the high demands, we are like a big family. “I learned a lot about security concepts that I didn’t know, and I hope I can become more and more competitive,” he explained, adding that after a few hours, he imposed himself and continued to lead FWT.

“Our discipline may not be Olympic, but our training is comprehensive: technology, jumping, aerobics, muscle training… We’re not bored,” said Carl regner, who defended the Swedish tradition of extreme skiers.

While some race in their blood, others turn to the essence of free riding: skiing on mountains far away from any season. “I know my future will go through great peaks. In fact, I learned more and more about mountaineering and worked with a friend in cordada: he helped me up and I fell. Growing up in four seasons, I was curious to find that what I like is mountains, “Emma Navarro concluded.