To compete in the Freeride World Tour means you know a thing-or-two about high-stakes big-mountain skiing under a variety of conditions. But how do you earn a spot in the sport’s most celebrated freeride event?
Navigating the line between a documentary style and traditional ski flick, Rookies is a film about four up-and-coming athletes brand new to the world stage. Directed by amateur filmmaker Charlotte Percle, the feature film follows three Verbier, Switzerland locals—Elisabeth Gerritzen, Carl Renvall and Yann Rausis—and one madman Kiwi named Sam “Ibex” Lee as they discover the the stress and simultaneous euphoria of competing on the global competition circuit.
Take the time to acquaint yourself with these young athletes as they learn the ropes of navigating some of world’s most well-known big-mountain venues alongside some of the most skillful skiers in the sport. In this film, learn with the Rookies about how to choose a line, how to maintain focus on comp days and how to hang onto that ever-fleeting spot on the Tour. If one thing’s clear it’s that for Gerritzen, Renvall, Rausis and Lee skiing competitively is the equivalent to living out a dream—the dream of skiing everyday. For more information about the film and its athletes, click here.
Stills from the season, courtesy of Charlotte Percle: