At Movement, we take pride in supporting a diverse range of local events, whether they're modest or large-scale, while actively engaging in the region. We value close connections with those who shape the success of our brand, and supporting these events is deeply important to us. Cultivating a sense of community is integral to our identity at Movement, and our commitment through the Tribe is a tangible testament to that.
Freestyle Ski Romand
Established in 1930 as the Association Romande de Ski, it is the result of the union between the Associations Fribourgeoise de ski et de snowboard (AFSS), Geneva Snow Sports (GSS), and the Vaudois ski clubs registered with Swiss Ski.
Their mission is twofold: to promote winter sports participation and to train the next generation in competitive skiing. The best athletes between 11 and 15 years old are selected from ski clubs across various disciplines: Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, freestyle (ski & snowboard), biathlon & ski jumping, and Nordic combined.
Regarding freestyle more specifically, this discipline currently consists of two different groups (the ski club group and the cadre group) totaling about twenty young athletes. With approximately 90 days of training per year and guidance from 6 passionate coaches, these young freestyle skiers have all the tools to reach the highest levels. In 2022, some of these young athletes achieved excellent results at the Swiss Championships.
On the other hand, Style Valais was founded in July 2005 by Ski Valais and SBVW under the name Snowboard Valais before incorporating freestyle skiing in 2011, marking a new era for the association.
Style Valais embodies the passion for freestyle within Ski Valais. As regional ambassadors, their mission is to propel promising talents in freestyle skiing and snowboarding throughout Valais and its surroundings. In close collaboration with the École de sport du Collège de Brigue, they open doors for a professional career in the freestyle world. Their offerings include specific on-snow and off-piste training across several Valais stations, available in French and German. They guide young athletes in local and national competitions, lead the Freestyle Romand Tour, and organize the Freestyle Days, a three-day immersion for passionate new freestylers. Furthermore, they support local initiatives and build connections between athletes and emerging structures.
Tour Freestyle Romand
These two associations are united by a significant event: the Tour Freestyle Romand. Each winter, this tour brings together 15 to 20 freestyle skiing and snowboarding events throughout French-speaking Switzerland. It's the largest amateur freestyle competition in Switzerland, creating a must-attend gathering for enthusiasts of these disciplines.
Grégoire Marguet, head of freestyle at Ski Romand and organizer of the Tour Freestyle Romand, notably discusses the creation of this event: "In 2008, the idea was to gather all freestyle events in French-speaking Switzerland by creating a calendar. In 2010, the Tour Freestyle Romand association was established, and we decided to set up an overall ranking. In 2015, the TFR merged with the WalliserTour, representing since then the largest freestyle tour in Switzerland (freeski and snowboard)."
Regarding the future of the Tour Freestyle Romand, he mentions that the aim is to continue evolving towards high-quality competitions while fostering synergies with other entities. He specifies: "For the past 5 years, the TFR committee has also organized the Romand Championships, and starting this year, we will expand this offer with 3 Romand Championships (Big Air, slopestyle, and halfpipe)."
Movement and Freestyle
The connection between Movement and the world of Freestyle dates back many years, woven into the fabric of our passion. It brings us genuine joy to support associations like these that celebrate youth and the freestyle world. Our commitment to accompanying them is sincere because we firmly believe in the youth as the driving force for the future, especially in the realm of freestyle.
Among our athletes, Thibault Magnin, one of our Tribe members, stands out for his previous participation in the Tour Freestyle Romand. That's precisely where he began his journey. We take great pride in supporting Thibault for over 5 years in realizing his most ambitious projects. At 23 years old, this freestyle skier continues competing and will notably try his hand at the Freeride World Tour taking place this winter.