Gautier Gallas´ summer 2013
A recap from the summer 2013 by our team rider Gautier Gallas:
I arrived at Les 2 Alpes thinking that I was going to have a wonderful summer (and I was right…). The first day, I went as a tourist, to look around the resort and its snowparks etc.
Gautier, enjoying his summer
I was very happy to meet with the shapers again and the ski patrol team, who gave me a warm welcome as always. The second day, I started doing the tricks I already mastered last winter, but this time on bigger kickers. I usually arrived around 8.30 in the morning (I like being there early before the big rush). Thanks to the snow conditions, I was able to ride down to 2600m for a while and enjoy myself. In the afternoon, I took a nap before starting other activities such as archery, jogging, swimming, hiking, fishing (no luck though) and a bit of trampoline.
I knew I was going to be all alone during training but it didn’t matter. I was happy. If needed, Romain Bonnivard, my winter coach, was there over the phone to give me some advice. As summer went by, I met lots of people, Italians, Spanish, English, Swiss, Dutch, Croatians and French shapers, all of them gave me lots of advice and made me laugh!
Gautier and his riding buddies
I also improved my English, Spanish and learnt a few words in Dutch when I met a Swiss-Dutch team who welcomed me on their training camp. I hope to see them again. My friends from Les arcs, from the Spanish Basque crew, the Freerules, came to visit me for a few days.
I went sledging, and I tried skating again with Torrès, a Spanish guy, but I didn’t like it that much. I also went to cinema, yard sale (I went book hunting), I even learnt how to write with a quill during Hay Day Festival.
Gautier, in l2a
Mid-July, I was able to ride powder at the glacier, thanks to the snow fall during the night. 10cm! Beautiful weather in the morning! (that was going to happen again mid-August, wohoo!).
I also discovered a new type of practice, Halfpipe, that I liked very much. Only the shapers were able to get me out of it at the end of the day. I had so much fun, learnt new tricks, on the rails and jumps.
My last days reminded me of winter, when a new layer of snow dropped down on the glacier, the air was chilly and temperatures went below 0. I wore boardshorts to the Glacier for the last day, but I didn´t stay that long!, I don’t want to be sick just before the start of the school year.
Gautier making tricks
Now it is the start of the new school year, I have to think about studies. Bring on the winter, with lots of fresh snow I hope and deep powder!