This weekend saw the return of the B&E invitational competition to Les Arcs – a contest where Henrik Harlaut & Phil Casabon invite 20 of the World’s best Freeskiers to hit a purpose-built snowpark that has innumerable lines and transfer possibilities. Riders like Candide Thovex, who you may recognise from his “One of those days” series of videos which have to be seen to be believed. An enormous effort goes into the shaping of the park which looks more like something made out of concrete for skateboarders.
Coupled with several live music events and parties there is a young and energetic vibe to the occasion. The best view of the contest was from the new Carreley chairlift which passes just to the side of the zone but it’s a challenging place to get photos from! Can you spot the rider in the air in this picture?
In fact the magnitude of the park is hard to capture from any one place and the videos give perhaps a better impression of how talented these skiers are. Here are some highlights from last year’s event.
The end of the course had some massive jumps and rainbow rails. Because the event is sponsored by Monster there were of course the obligatory Monster girls prancing about the place which seemed fairly random to me, but I couldn’t resist taking a picture anyway!