Thibaud Duchosal grew up at the foot of the Aiguille Rouge in the village of Les Arcs so it’s hardly surprising that he became immersed in slalom competitions from a very early age.
Les Arcs is home to this legendary descent, the speed bug had well and truly bitten. Being surrounded, constantly, by picture perfect powder fields the next step on the ladder for Thibaud Duchosal was to try his hand at freeride.
At the age of seventeen Thibaud signed up for the Les Arcs Freeride event. Equipped with ordinary piste skis, he incredibly managed to finish third place in the first heat, but then had a major wipe-out on the next run which knocked him out of the competition. Youthful eagerness and error were to blame for the crash – and possibly his ordinary piste skis!
He was soon back. However, despite his sensitivity to his environment, (“We should respect the mountain; it is a school of life which brings both pleasure and rigour. We have to show her respect and never underestimate her”), his intelligent safety consciousness, and his knowing how to choose the best lines, his career has been dogged by bad luck, and injuries have limited his success.
But you can’t keep a good man down…
Eye of the Storm – Part 1
He is back on the freeride circuit now… but more on that later.
feature photo courtesy of Global Skipass