Interview Hugo Laugier – Six years on the French Freestyle Ski Team

Can you tell us about your career in freestyle skiing?

“My adventure into the world of freestyle skiing began in 1996. Ever since I was a child, I’ve been immersed in the world of skiing, learning the basics from my parents. It was while exploring various terrains, skiing in forests and creating my own moguls that I discovered my passion for slopestyle and big air. I quickly progressed, taking part in my first national competitions in France, which led me to the Deux Alpes ski club. This environment enabled me to develop my freestyle skills and make a name for myself in regional and national competitions”.

Photo portrait of Hugo Laugier, skier in the French freestyle ski team
Photo credit : Philippe Rebreyand

When did you join the French national team and how has your career developed since?

“Joining the French team in 2015 was a major turning point. With freestyle skiing becoming an Olympic sport in 2014, I had the opportunity to line up with the world’s best athletes. As part of the French team, I was able to claim victories in the European Cup and reach a top 10 in the World Cup, which was a highlight of my career. What’s more, being an official Rossignol athlete and having the support of my region, the Vercors, has been crucial to my progress and visibility in this sport”.

How have you adapted your career since you stopped competing?

“After leaving racing, I turned my career towards creating video content, working mainly for Rossignol. This change has allowed me to explore new facets of skiing, such as freeride and backcountry, while continuing to share my passion for the sport. Video gives me the opportunity to express my creativity and stay connected to the freestyle community”.

Photo of a skier in powder snow off-piste
Photo credit : Louis Garnier

How do you see the risk of injury in freestyle skiing?

“Injury prevention is fundamental to our sport. Personally, I put the emphasis on rigorous physical preparation, including training in the weight room and airbag sessions to simulate real ski conditions in complete safety. This approach allows me to minimise risk while staying in top shape. Confidence in my abilities and meticulous preparation are essential for navigating this high-risk sport”.

What advice would you give to beginners in freestyle skiing?

“My main advice for beginners in freestyle skiing would be to start by acquiring a solid base in alpine skiing. Finding a coach or mentor is also crucial. It’s important to enjoy practising, to progress at your own pace without rushing things, and above all to surround yourself with competent people who can guide and inspire. Patience and determination are the keys to success in this sport”.

Freestyle skier in the air
Photo credit : Jeremy Pancras

Do you have any current projects?

“I’m currently very involved in our web series, La Lodge TV, where we share our passion for freestyle skiing. This project is very close to my heart because it allows us to connect freestyle ski enthusiasts from all over the world and explore different skiing disciplines”.

By Charly Colin

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