The Pro Files: Keeping it in the family

ross_1What does it take to become a professional skier? This season we’ll be following UK freeskier Ross Welch to find out.

Its been a busy month what with Christmas and New Year. Hope you all had a great time and have plans to visit the mountain soon! Here is a brief run down of what I have been up to as of late.

It was great to see my family over Christmas and take some time out to have some chilled laps through the mountain with them. My brother was then able to stay out for a further week to ski the park with me. Callum, who is 15 years old, has been practicing a trick called a double flat spin on trampoline for some time and wanted to take it to a real kicker. We went to a place called Kaltenbach which is about 20 minutes away from Mayrhofen. They have a 15 metre kicker with an exceptionally long landing which means it’s ideal for learning new tricks as you really have anywhere from 15 to 25 meters to land. We headed over early and made a start with Callum sending some deep single flat spins. With some coaching from myself and surrounded by his friends, Callum decided the time was right. first time he landed and rode away like a ‘boss’. Things then escalated with both Mike Rowlands and Callum learning 1080’s and Mike even sending a switch 10!

Callum Welch 2014 from callum welch on Vimeo.

Props to both the lads for their hard work and determination. If you want to see how things turned out please take a look at the edit titled ‘Callum Welch 2014’ above.

As well as having my family out I have been working on a new slopestyle run for this season. Lots of airbag work refreshing the doubles of last season and even fitting in some new ones. My first competition, ‘SFR Tour’ is on the 21st of this month and it will be held in Val Thorens. This is a gold ranked AFP event which means lots of points are up for grabs to better my overall ranking. Please keep tuned to see how I get on! There is also a chance to win a NothinButSnow Hoody and T-shirt over at www.facebook.com/skirosswelch. All you have to do is like the page to enter!

Ross Welch
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