With all the snow that’s been falling on Grenoble, it’s hard not to just desert the office for a day on the pistes. Since that may not be possible, here’s something to get you a little closer to the slopes while waiting for the weekend–an interview with Vittorio Mouret, President of the extreme-sports association Ride Spirit Attitude.
What is Ride Spirit Attitude ? It sounds like something that’s got kick!
It’s an association that wants to promote extreme sports. Our objective is to develop these sports because when we talk about extreme sports like freeride and freestyle, people get scared. They associate them with avalanches and accidents and think these types of activities are very dangerous. We want to prove they are really fab sports.
The name Ride Spirit Attitude showcases three essential words. Attitude is a state of mind–being responsible when you use the mountain and respecting other users. Spirit is wanting to be free. Ride, because we want to group together all the extreme sports like kitesurfing, snowboarding, skiing, and many more.
Why did you choose to set up your association in Grenoble?
First of all because I live in Grenoble! Plus I think Grenoble has a lot of potential to develop these sports. It’s at the center of the French Alps and is close to many great French resorts. In the summer, it’s a great destination for mountain-biking. The Lake Mont Eynard, which is just a short drive away, is great for kitesurfing and windsurfing. You can also go paragliding at St. Hilaire du Touvet, and I think that’s enough reasons to want to stay here in Grenoble.
What are you doing in Grenoble this Saturday?
This Saturday, another association, the Dahu, called us to do something for the launch of their winter guide, le Dahu des neiges. We suggested ARVA initiation, mountain bike demos, video projections, and presentations of our riders. Visitors can also test their balance to get a feeling for what it’s like to ride. It’s going to help us get the word out about our association in this part of France.
How can people find out more about the association?
You can go on our blog: http://ridespiritattitude.over-blog.com and friend us on our facebook page. If that’s not enough, you can send us an email at ridespiritattitude@live.Fr. And of course, come out and see us on Saturday.
Do any of your members speak English?
Me! Yes, we try to speak English in the office and our riders often travel to other countries so they speak English. Four out of five of them are in the French team. We even had one member go to the Olympic Games in Vancouver and another might make it to Sochi. We want to go beyond French borders. One member of our team, for example, has gone to spend the winter in Whistler, the lucky dog.
If you had to recommend one and only one ski resort, what would it be?
(without hesitating) Tignes. For me, it’s the biggest ski resort in France for extreme sports with a great champion, Guerlain Chicherit, who was world freeride champion a few times. There’s also Xavier Bertoni who came in first and third at the 2009 and 2010 US X-Games. Tignes is special for me because they were the first to host the X-Games in France, and even in Europe. And also, just because it’s a big place to go freeriding.
Merci beaucoup for speaking with us, Vittorio!
Ride Spirit Attitude will be at Place Saint André from 2 pm to 8 pm on Sat. Dec. 4, 2010.