I enjoyed myself so much at the Les Arcs qualifier i decided to put myself though the stress, panic and fun again and enter the qualifier in St Foy.
I loved the feeling of being nervous and not know what was going to happen, especially mixed with the atmosphere at these comps plus the euphoria after you've finished your run.......its a strange mix of emotion but always has the same result of being stoked.
The St Foy qualifier was set up a little differently, it was more like a normal freeride event. I got there at 8am and had 2 hours to look at the face from the bottom, and to get a few piste laps in to warm up the legs. The start gate was a 40 minute hike from the chairlift, so we had to take that into account and make sure we were at the start for 11.30. There was only one start gate this time which meant everyone was standing around and chatting and just relaxing (or trying to)
I had picked my first drop but after that i had no idea wha t do next so was just going to wing it. No one had chosen my line either so it meant i had freshies.
I was number 62 to drop so i had plenty of time to freak out, question my line a good 10 times and then relax.
When you get the shout that your next to drop you get a weird feeling of calmness and focus........and then you drop.
It was one of the best lines i have picked, i chose to go for a slightly smaller drops but keep the run fast and smooth with some techy parts in between the rocks.
I nailed my drops, found fresh snow and kept my speed up. I got towards the end where i had planed to do a 360 off a windlip.........which didn't go to plan. I lost a lot of speed and just couldn't get the height i needed and ended up on the floor about 3 metres from the finish line..........gutted!
The face was so much fun and overall i was really happy with the line i chose.
Red bull was thrown at me again and i sat to watch the rest of the riders thrown down. The skiers were going huge again, such a high level out here and it seems that your not french unless you can stick a backflip.
I couldn't stay for long as i had to get back for work, but the day was amazing. It was so well run and felt like a proper freeride event on a really fun face.