What makes French snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue tick? The big-mountain feats he pulls off are nothing short of incredible as he mixes skills from different sports. The new film This Is My Winter, now available in full on Vimeo, looks at Xavier, his friends, and their film crew as they took on Europe's terrible snow conditions last season. You'll see some of the most jaw-dropping snowboarding captured on film and get a candid look this intrepid, skillful rider. The movie is a must-watch and was one of our favorite films at the Banff Mountain Film Festival.
We asked Xavier to answer a few questions about his daring, progressive snowboarding style and his plans for the next winter season. —Mary Anne Potts
Adventure: How do you decide which lines to ride?
Xavier de Le Rue: If a line fits my riding style, which means if it is aesthetic, can be ridden fast, has some escape options, and possibly some features to hit on the way, and a clean outrun, then it has every chance to catch my eye.
A: What do you say to people think you too many risks in your riding?
Xavier: If I judge a line as being dangerous, I won't consider riding it. If I judge a line interesting and difficult, I give it some thought to see what are the consequences if I do a mistake.
In any case, if I feel the snow layer is tricky I back off. I'm concerned about the stuff I don't control, such as stability of the snow, hidden crevasses, etc. I don't argue with people judging my riding as risky—I'm not them and they are not me. Every one can say what they want. I put enough thought to my riding to avoid considering random people opinions. I'm scared enough when I ride to not listen to others being scared for me. I appreciate their concern though. I get these comments every now and then.