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14/12/2012 - 09:45

Grandvalira and GORE-TEX® welcome Seb Michaud and Bruno Compagnet, international freeride stars

Grandvalira and GORE-TEX® today joined forces to bring two world-class freeriders to Andorra. Seb Michaud and Bruno Compagnet arrived at the largest ski resort in southern Europe by jumping from a helicopter into the El Tarter freeride sector at Grandvalira, regaling us with an absolutely unique demonstration of their skill and experience in this sport.

Lovers of extreme and adventure sports will find in Grandvalira the perfect place to practice freeride amid a matchless setting, negotiating obstacles and jumps as they ski over unspoilt snow. This season, besides the zones already well-known to regular visitors to the resort, Grandvalira unveils two new spaces: the Encampadana Freeride Àrea by GORE-TEX®; and a similar venue at Pic Blanc, also sponsored by the US brand.

Over the coming months, GORE-TEX® will also present a series of events. These include, for example, races featuring internationally-renowned freeriders, who will also give master classes at the new freeride zones, located in the El Tarter and Grau Roig sectors of Grandvalira, respectively.


Seb Michaud and Bruno Compagnet: combined careers spanning more than two decades

Seb Michaud began his professional career twelve years ago. Since then, the renowned Swiss skier has taken part in countless international competitions, racking up a series of excellent results, including second place in the 2008 Freeride World Tour Ranking. A member and official speaker for the Freeride World Tour, he is also the founder of the Seb Michaud Invitational, an event staged in Argentina.

After today’s exhibition, Michaud said: "Grandvalira is a great ski resort, and I am delighted to have inaugurated the new Encampadana Freeride Àrea by GORE-TEX®, because this is a safe and superb venue for freeride, particularly if we remember that, at times, it can be difficult to find a resort where you can practice this sport in Spain or Andorra."

Also taking part in this inaugural event was Bruno Compagnet, the first French rider to win the Freeride World Championship, in Alaska in 1994. Compagnet’s record also includes, amongst many other international successes, first place in the 1998 Freeride Classic in Courchevel and second place in the 2005 Verbier Xtreme.

Compagnet had the following to say: "It was great to try out the new freeride zone established by Grandvalira and GORE-TEX®. The sun, the quality of the snow, the woods and the slopes at this resort make the new area unique and truly special." The French rider also added that: "The new Encampadana Freeride Àrea by GORE-TEX® at Grandvalira is in a highly accessible area", before ending with the following endorsement: "I highly recommend this area for all those interesting in starting out in the sport."