How did you get on during the winter?
Following the indoors I rested again until I went to Val Thorens in January for the first SFR competition of the season. This was a massive step up for me as it’s an international event with most of the pros who competed in the Olympics or are on the World Tour attending.
The comp did not go to plan as the weather was poor and we only got four practice runs. I finished 13th in the 17 and under group, and while not what I wanted, I did get a load of experience from it.
How important is technique to freestyle skiing?
I attended a technical training camp in Verbier courtesy of the Warren Smith Academy. I really believe that to be a really good park skier, you have to be a really good skier, and this course really helped me fine-tune things.
I also got the chance to go to the ski test at Kuhtai for a day, which was great as I got to spend time with the Salomon guys and lean a bit more about what goes on.
From this I rested a few weeks and skied at my local Sno!zone in Castleford where I worked on my rail game.
Have you ever tried freeride?
Just before I went to the 2015 Brits I entered the Junior Freeride Comp at Glencoe, simply because I wanted to see what it was all about.
Unfortunately by taking the most extreme and technical line, I skied slightly out of the judging area and was marked down, though was told that it was the winning run if I had kept it in the area! I will definitely be doing more of these, as it’s a great way of expressing yourself on the mountain.