3 Europa Cups, 2 FIS competitions in 5 different resorts across the Alps and Morzine/Avoriaz life inbetween. The first few months of 2016 have been crazy to say the least.
The end of the season is in now sight, however the next few weeks are the busiest yet with another 2 Europa Cups, national contests and the World Junior Championships in Slovenia all really close together! So I’m currently working out an itinerary for all that.
So far, my highlight in boardercross was the FIS race in Moena, Italy where I placed 3rd after winning all the heats leading up to the final. The atmosphere was super chilled and friendly. Also, our accommodation had a pool, sauna and a fab breakfast! This really made a difference in terms of being on form for race day and it was just after a minor shoulder injury so this was a positive bounce back.
I haven’t attended any pipe comps this season yet, because
1) there is a lack of pipe comps locally,
2) splitting my time between boardercross and halfpipe means compromising one when two events collide and…
3) when I had planned to go to Kuhtai for the Austrian halfpipe nationals, I hurt my shoulder a few days before. Unlucky!
Nonetheless, I have spent a lot of time in the Avoriaz pipe, which has kept my training varied and I’m happy to have landed some new tricks. Being on snow on average 5 days a week has really improved my riding. The rest days are just as important too though.
I’ve also been riding with a bunch of old and new friends and taking part in the odd locally organised event. Everyone is really friendly and generally stoked on life and snowboarding, which is a great vibe to be around.
Off the hill, I have a new job working in one of the bars in Morzine, which I really enjoy and is a great way of meeting people. Bar work is a new experience for me as well as working in a French environment. Being bilingual was definitely a bonus here because otherwise finding a part time job to fit around my training and competitions would have been difficult. I’m not sacrificing any time on snow because it’s only doing 2 evening shifts a week so it’s the perfect way to earn a bit of extra cash to support my snowboarding.
Finally, I’m looking forward to pushing my riding over the next few weeks in both racing and in the pipe/park. April will be about finishing the season on a high and enjoying slushy spring conditions- and maybe getting some filming done. At the end of April, I have been invited to Spring Break for board testing in Kaunertal, Austria, which I’m really excited about.