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NAME: Neal Quenet 
BIRTHDAY: 11 December 1997 
HOME: La Clusaz/France 
DISCIPLINES: Freeride 

ABOUT ME:
Well, my first love was obviously skiing. I started at 2 years old with my dad in La Clusaz. He was a ski instructor and ran a ski freeride school with his brother. 
As a kid, I remember having spent all my winters skiing with my dad or uncle in little freeride groups.  This is also where I learned how to evolve safely in the mountains. 
I skied a lot with a mountain guide who taught me so much, like how to use a rope for rappelling walls, how to identify dangerous avalanches zones and how the snow evolves and changes over time. From that, what was a hobby became my passion. 
Now, I keep on skiing in the mountains with friends, at home, in la Grave or Scandinavia. 
I’m also a ski patroller in la Clusaz. I like that I can really spend every day in the mountains! 
I’m not competing in freeride - I’ve done some in the past but quickly realized it wasn’t my thing … 

  • What MOMENT do you ski for? 

I ski for the friendly moments, like when you’re on top of the run you just climbed, and you know you are about to have a pure moment of delight with your friends...
I also ski for discovering new places. 
On ski trips, I’m always very excited. I love being in a place where I’ve never been before, my eyes are looking everywhere, staring at the landscapes that surround me...
And obviously for the feelings and the adrenaline I get when I’m going fast on a crazy run - when the conditions are perfect and the powder is deep or when I jump a cliff and I’m flying like a bird...
Those are the moments. 

MORE:

  • How do you recharge your batteries for the next challenge?  

I generally hang out with some friends after a huge day of skiing. 
If I’m too tired, I stay at home and listen to my favorite records and I think about what I’m going to do next ! 

  • What’s your favorite quote? Why does this quote resonate with you? 

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone” by Neale Donald 
Walsch Because I have many memories of adventures that I’ve been through, whether it was in the mountains or in a daily routine, where things were not going as I wanted to, but I managed to succeed. 
And it’s those moments that make you understand the joy of living and make you become more mature...
And it gives you great memories too! 

  • How do you conquer difficult situations?  

With music. Personally, it helps me a lot because it is the second thing that I like to do best. Whether it’s playing or listening! 
Friends and family are also the best way to conquer difficult situations! They know how to make you happy! 

  • What do you do when you aren’t skiing?  

I love traveling in countries I’ve never been before with friends or family. 
When I have a little bit of time, I really enjoy playing music! 
I spend time in the mountains -  hiking, climbing, bivouacking, and having fun! 
But mostly, I’m waiting for the winter to come back ! 

  • What strategy do you use to overcome pressure and stress for optimum performance?  

When I’m in the mountains, I’m always a little bit stressed, even if things are going well at the moment. I’m always thinking about what the potential risks are. 
So, to avoid pressure, I minimize the risks. I inform myself about avalanche risks, on the web or by asking the local ski patrollers. 
I never leave home without my avalanche devices - my shovel and my probe, and I make sure that my friends have them too. 
I go with someone who knows where we are about to go if I don’t and I always keep an eye on my friends.