Freeride Skiing

The Life of Simon Bellabouvier Part I

Simon Bellabouvier is a new Millet athlete. A particular feature about this regular medal-winner, he is quite young but has nothing to envy to his rivals. If you’ve always wanted to discover the lifestyle of a growing athlete, who has everything to gain, you can read here a sum up of Simon’s season. Our youngest athlete tells.

"I’ve started skiing in Tignes the 8th of November with an autumn prep based on physical background until the end of the month (climbing vertical meters at a steady pace). Conditions were worse than bad during this beginning of season… But we all have faced the same conditions.

First selection races came at mid-December starting with a qualifying individual in Avoriaz for the World Cup stage (10th of January in Puy Saint Vincent) and the France Vertical Race championships (beginning of January). To break with those races, I’ve done a few vertical ascents (Nocturne du Hameau) so I can develop my VO2 Max during the beginning of the season; I’ve worked with the Val d’Isère ESF (French ski school) as an intern ski instructor during Christmas holydays and also I’ve done some school work…

"Not to be forgotten in these exams moment (baccalauréat)!!"



I’ve achieved nice races by winning Vertical Race French championships and I’ve scored a 2nd place in the qualifying chrono of Avoriaz.

"I’ve won my ticket to Puy Saint Vincent’s World Cup, on the 10th of January!"

Important dates have come quickly and I did not really have any time to prepare to my best, because of the poor snow conditions reigning of our Alps in December and January.

But I was myself very surprised of doing such great races! 3rd at Puy Saint Vincent Junior World Cup Individuals and first victory at an international level in Sprint. I’m very happy with this weekend but the season is far from over!



There was several races in a row during January weekends with a qualifying and timed race in Chamonix (which I won), a World Cup in Andorra (during which I scored 3rd in the individual and 8th in the vertical race). Each week’s Mondays and Tuesdays were dedicated to school work and then I would leave for new adventures on the Wednesday or Thursday! All those trips were exhausting, especially when you travel for 10 hours in the bus… Travelling is something you don’t really feel yet it is tiring!

This season's goal is here; Verbier’s World Championships (Suisse – Val de Bâgnes), occurring from the 6th to the 12th of February. 3 races were scheduled on the same week. On Friday, there was a sprint race in which I scored 3rd (therefore achieving my season’s objective: bringing back a medal at the Worlds). On Sunday, I finish 4th at the Vertical race with my mate Swann Juillaguet. He was better that time! Anyways, I was really happy with this place!



"Each week’s Mondays and Tuesdays were dedicated to school work and then I would leave for new adventures on the Wednesday or Thursday!"


Tuesday was the day of the « ski-mountaineering race », a rather special day for me since after the 4th place and the fight for the 3rd, I broke a ski in the last downhill…

Bummed of course, but I keep things in perspective: I’m young and there will be thousands of others!



I’ve had great moments with the entire French Team, in a great atmosphere and without any tension. Great memories and their organization was worthy of the Swiss! A few days off and some days out in the mountains were just about perfect! Weeks like the previous ones can be stressful and demanding on your body and on your mind as well."

Simon Bellabouvier