FreeSki wrz 04, 2011

SAGE CATTABRIGA-ALOSA: ANYWHERE WITH POWDER!

Sage Cattabriga-Alosa is one of the best freeskiers on the planet. He has been wowing fans for the last nine years with his stand out movie segments in Teton Gravity Research films. The very fact that he bypassed the normal pro-path of gaining a name on the competition circuit or working with smaller freeski filmmakers, and instead went from a total unknown to one of the star regulars in the biggest ski productions speaks volumes for his talent. Last year he decided to try his hand at a bit of competition as well, and immediately found himself at the top of the result sheets. It seems there is literally nothing Sage cannot do with his trusty ATOMIC Bent Chetlers and some steep terrain.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE TO SKI?

Anywhere with powder!

WHERE THAT YOU HAVEN’T SKIED WOULD YOU LIKE TO?

I would like to ski on Mars some day.

MOST RIDERS TEND TO COMPETE AND THEN GO INTO MOVIES, YOU SEEM TO HAVE JUMPED STRAIGHT IN AT THE DEEP END WITH TETON GRAVITY RESEARCH, ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOVIE PRODUCTION COMPANIES IN SKIING. HOW DID THAT HAPPEN?

It was all about being in the right place at the right time. Back in the day, I met up with Chris Collins in Oregon and he suggested checking out Utah, so I moved there and started skiing with him. Chris, his brother Matt, and the Utah posse were filming already with TGR, so eventually I was in the right place to meet the rest of the crew.

WE SAW YOU ON SOME CONTEST RESULT LISTS LAST SEASON. DO YOU SEE YOURSELF COMPETING MORE OFTEN IN THE FUTURE?

Last year I competed in three contests, all of them were powder orientated. The first was the Red Bull Linecatcher in France. It’s a backcountry freestyle contest that has a big mountain zone with natural and built jumps on the face. I got fourth there, so that was a good start. Then I competed in the final stage of the Freeskiing World Championships at Snowbird, which is basically my home mountain. This is just a classic big mountain competition and it has been running for many years. The competition there is always fierce, but I still managed to place second which I was pretty happy with being a newcomer to this event. And finally I competed in the Red Bull Cold Rush in Colorado, another powder focused contest featuring a big mountain day, a day of backcountry freestyle, and a day in a mini golf zone full of cliffs. I think I would do these contests again in the future if they fit my schedule like this season. They are progressive and fun, and most of all it’s an opportunity to ski with other pros that I don’t ski with too often.

YOUR FOCUS HAS ALWAYS BEEN ON FILMING AS OPPOSED TO COMPETITIONS. WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF SKIING FOR THE CAMERA?

While filming, we get to focus on powder, and good conditions. This is something that isn’t guaranteed at all on the competition circuit.

WHAT ARE THE DISADVANTAGES OF SKIING FOR THE CAMERA?

It takes a lot of hard work and dedication all season to put together a proper movie segment. Three minutes on film literally takes months, so it isn’t as easy as it may seem to outsiders.

AS ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF BIG MOUNTAIN FREESTYLE, YOU MUST HAVE TO TAKE A TUMBLE EVERY NOW AND THEN. HOW DO YOU TRAIN YOUR BODY TO TAKE THE BATTERING?

I like to stretch, do some yoga, and massage, as well as eating right, and trying to stay balanced in life. Again, it’s a bit of work, but it’s worth it.

DO YOU GET GENUINELY SCARED AT THE TOP OF LINES, OR IS IT JUST MORE OF AN ADRENALIN RUSH THAN ANYTHING ELSE?

 
I definitely get scared at the top of lines – actually, dealing with your fear is one of the most essential aspects of big mountain riding. That fear will keep you alive!

WHAT INSPIRES YOU OUTSIDE OF SKIING?

Art and music are a huge inspiration; I love looking at things in a new way and hearing sounds in new ways.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE SKI WITHIN NEXT YEAR’S ATOMIC RANGE, AND WHY?

Still holding true to my stoke for the Bent Chetler, but we have been working on a new prototype that we will be unveiling next year that I am also super stoked on.

WHAT DO YOU MAKE OF ROCKER TECHNOLOGY?

I don’t even ski anything that isn’t rockered anymore! I feel that in all conditions I ski it makes it more fun, easier and allows for more freedom of expression.

DO YOU SEE ANY LIMIT IN SKI DEVELOPMENT? AND HOW ARE YOU PERSONALLY INVOLVED IN THE ATOMIC SKI DEVELOPMENT?

Skis like everything will continue to change; new materials, ideas and needs will direct the development. In what ways it will be hard to tell. I am personally involved in ATOMIC’s development quite a bit, and me and the other athletes are working hard to create new skis for the product line that are even better than the current ones. This is not an easy task, as the present models are already amazing compared to the skis I was starting my career on. But there is always something you can do better, in skiing as well as in building skis, and that‘s one of those things that make this sport so fascinating. I am still hooked on skiing as much as I was ten years ago when I was just starting out!