Ambassador Update: Evan & Dylan Marineau
Back in September both Dylan and I started the season together in New Zealand where we trained with the National Development team. It was a spectacular trip where we had great spring weather and fantastic training conditions. It provided us opportunity to put tricks we learned over the summer onto snow.
From there we went in different directions for some training and our first comps in North America. I headed to Colorado with the Canadian team for some pipe comps and Dylan headed up to the Yukon with the Alberta team for a slope comp. It was brutally cold for Dylan at Mt. Sima, Yukon but it had snow which was lacking every else in Canada. It was the community’s first major freestyle comp and it was a great experience for all the skiers. When I arrived at Copper Mtn, CO. there was no snow and no pipe! We had no choice but to wait and do a lot of dryland training. There was a real threat the competitions were going to be cancelled. Fortunately, it was cold and the mountain was making snow 24/7. Right before our eyes they built a 22 foot superpipe that was ready in a week!
While I was preparing for my World Cup halfpipe debut Dylan was in the BC Rockies Cat skiing at Fernie Wilderness Adventures with his Alberta Park and Pipe team. Dylan said it was an amazing experience with untracked fresh snow on every run! I was a bit jealous but I had been given an unbelievable opportunity to compete in the Copper Mtn. US Grand Prix World Cup.
I was very nervous, and on my first run I basically stumbled out of the gate. On my first hit out of the pipe I crashed. This put a lot of pressure on me for my final run. All I could think of was getting to the bottom with a clean run. I dialed down the difficulty of my run and managed to complete it. I end up 31st in the event but I had such a good time and learned a lot.
After that Dylan and I headed for our winter break to Fernie BC and over Christmas had some unreal pow skiing. Seems like every year it gets better and better. Our Dad surprised us with some new Fischer Ranger 98Ti’s that were amazing in all the free ski terrain we hit. We are very lucky to live where we do!!
My brother’s next comp. was a Canadian Open Tour event at Silver Star, BC. Considering the quality of the course and the weather Dylan finished with a respectable 22nd in the finals. He was very positive regarding his result considering he strained a few muscles in his leg on the first day of training and had to fight through that to perform well enough to get into finals.
We are back on tour together here in Aspen, Colorado. Dylan is going to be busy. He is entered in all three events at the Aspen Snowmass Freeski Open and I’m preparing for the pipe event. This events take place on the X-Games courses here on Buttermilk Mtn. It’s very big and well prepared. We are looking forward to it.
Aspen starts a busy time for with events every weekend until April including three events right away in Eastern Canada and the United States
We attached some photos and you can check out our latest short video from Fernie at: https://vimeo.com/197329624
Thank you for your continued support,
Evan & Dylan Marineau