One might assume a competitive skier or snowboarder living in
Whistler would be riding Whistler Blackcomb’s slopes almost daily,
but that’s far from the truth. Canada’s national team athletes are
constantly travelling between competitions and the world’s best
halfpipes for on-snow training.
When d’Artois is at home in Whistler, his focus is on maintaining
fitness. His personal trainer is in Whistler, and Whistler’s Back in
Action provides his physiotherapy. He also takes part in trampoline
training with his ski coach, who lives nearby in Squamish.
“We train in Whistler at the gym (the Canadian Sport Institute
at the Whistler Athletes’ Centre) and combine other activities like
yoga, swimming, hiking, and biking,” says d’Artois.
Managing a career as an athlete is also easier in a place where many
people understand the ins and outs of that lifestyle. “Just being
in a community where there are a lot of like-minded people, you
can collaborate easily and make friends. Every single day you can
do something to help you in your career as a skier in Whistler,”