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NAME: Neal Quenet
BIRTHDAY: 11 December 1997
HOME: La Clusaz/France
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 …
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.
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 !
“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!
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!
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 !
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.