Tell us about your career as a skier:
I grew up at a small resort called Val d’Allos located in the French southern Alps. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved skiing powder. As a teenager, I competed in alpine ski racing and won several local and national races. Around age 20, I felt the call of powder skiing and began competing in freeride events. At the same time, I completed France’s ski instruction courses. In the seasons after, I went to Chamonix to discover new mountains, scope big lines, and improve my mountaineering skills. Then I came back to my roots in the South of France, where I live now.
How was your season on the FWQ?
This year was great, I won the Freeride World Qualifier earning a spot on the Freeride World Tour for next season. It’s a big achievement for me as it was the goal I set for this year. Only the 6 best skiers in the world competing on the FWQ earn a spot for the very selective FWT. My season started in the summer, where I grabbed 5th place at the FWQ 4 star event in The Remarkables mountain range, in New Zealand. The trip was incredible and I had a really good time discovering such a beautiful country. After returning to France, I scored a victory in the first European 4-star event in La Rosière, France. It was the first time that an FWQ event was held at La Rosière and everything about it was great. I really loved winning this one; It was great to share it with my friends and family by my side, in my home country. The third and final event of the season was in Montafon, Italy, where I made the podium again, this time in second place.
Maël Ollivier, a skier on the Freeride World Tour. How does that sound to you?
It was a childhood dream to compete on the Freeride World Tour. I’ve watched many videos of Candide Thovex, Seb Michaud, Xavier De le Rue or Kaj Zackrisson competing on the tour. I worked hard for it and I’m really proud to achieve my goal this year. I’m super stoked to represent my mountains, family, friends and sponsors alongside the best in the world.
How do you picture yourself on the Tour next season?
Every day I wake up with the same love for freeriding. I feel like I’m right where I need to be and I really want to enjoy my upcoming season on the Tour. Riding with the best in the world in some of the most famous freeriding spots is really exciting! Having fun, sharing it with friends and meeting new people is #alwaysgoodtimes!