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#1 MEET THE TRIBE : Laurent De Martin

Find out more about our backcountry athlete from the Dents du Midi region: Laurent De Martin.

Laurent De Martin jumping below the Dents du Midi - ©Eric Gachet

  • What is your first memory in relation with Movement?

When I was 13 years old, I received my first freestyle skis. These skis were the famous Movement Joystick with Rasta colors. Great memory !

  • When did you start skiing and why did you choose freeride/freestyle/race/touring....?

I started skiing when I was 2 years old, and freestyle when I was 13, when I discovered the snowpark in Les Crosets. From the first time I went there, I knew I only wanted to do that.

  • What is your skiing background?

5 years in the Swiss Freestyle team, then I went 100% into video with several production companies, including 4 years with Level 1 productions. Currently, I produce my own films like "From Switzerland With Love".

  • Your favourite Movement's skis ? and why ?

Fly Two 105 for every day / Fly Two 115 for powder days or touring. Just too much fun with a great press zone, but at the same time, it's a solid ski and holds big jumps/impacts.

  • What is the best memory of your career?

My 2nd place in the ©Redbull Linecatcher in my first Backcountry/Freeride competition.

  • What is your advice for those who want to start skiing (freestyle/freeride/race/rando...)?

Have fun and do what you like the most.

Powder session by Laurent De Martin - ©Titouan Bessire

  • Apart from skiing, what are your passions?

Mountains & nature in general, summer or winter. Climbing, skateboarding, my dog, music, photography... 

  • How do they help you with your skiing?

All kinds of sports help you to be in better shape for winter. For example, walking in the mountains also allows you to discover new spots for the winter.

  • How do you finance your seasons?

I am lucky to live 100% from skiing and my skiing projects.

  • What is the strongest lesson that skiing has taught you?

To always give 150% and it will pay off, both in the sporting aspect and the organisation/work aspect.

  • If you were not a skier, what would you be? And why?

I have no idea... A skier or a climber, in any case I would see them again ahah.

  • What is your definition of happiness?

A passionate life.

  • Who are your examples in the ski world?

A lot of people, but my first example when I was young was of course Candide Thovex. Without him, I am not sure I would be doing this sport.

  • What are your goals for the next few seasons?

To ski as much as possible, to progress in all areas of skiing and to ski as much powder as possible !!!