We woke up to at least 50cms of fresh snow on Thursday, the first day of March. After digging the van out we headed to Monetier for early lifts at 08.30. Being among the first up the Bacchus chair, Gav, Pike (vid below) and I had runs down pistes which were thigh deep in powder for half a dozen laps using the drag.
Then, joined by Bushy on her snowboard, it was time for a hike to do La Crête des Lauzières going over that narrow ridge. It meant making first tracks wading through waist deep snow (see main image) which was as hard for us skiers as it was for Bushy. The ridge was easier than usual thanks to the deep powder slowing the traverse and low vis so I couldn't actually see the steep drops.
Then it was a ride down through the trees with powder face shots in some of the deepest snow we've had in recent years in Serre Chevalier.
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You would think that two sisters, one an Olympian slopestyle skier and the other a big mountain skier on the Freeride World Tour would know no fear. Right? Wrong. Knowing what it's like to feel fear following an injury, an avalanche scare or just because of a voice in your head that says 'stop' is the reason they made Finding The Line. Fear while skiing or snowboarding can be facing a red run if you're a beginner - or an icy couloir if you're advanced. Either way it can be paralysing. Or it can be energising. Finding The Line is a film about fear, it’s paralysing grip and how Anna and Nat Segal use their skiing to understand and deal with it.
We caught up with Nat ahead of the UK Premiere of Finding The Line, screened as part of the Four Seasons Film Festival at the Charlotte Street Hotel in London on Friday 22nd March.
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