(Arêches-Beaufort Feb. 1-6, 2010)
Arnaud Rougier, who joined Faction’s International Team in October 2009, took the win at the Oxbow Back to Powder in Arêches-Beaufort, France. The event brought together some of the best skiers and snowboarders from around the world to compete in both freestyle and freeride disciplines in a backcountry setting. According to Arnaud, “This type of event represents the direction in which our sport should evolve, taking freestyle out of the parks and putting it back in its natural environment: the mountain”. He adds “For this year’s edition, we were very lucky with the snow and weather conditions and the concept of having the riders judging each other allowed us to ride amongst friends, without all the pressure. We were able to sample all aspects of freeskiing throughout the week with the freeride, jib, perfect jump and backcountry sessions”. Arnaud is looking forward to redeeming his first place prize- a trip to Hawaii to hang out with surf legend Laird Hamilton!