Adam Delorme's cure for the schedule exhaustion of a busy winter is a simple one: coffee.
Standing at a café in the tiny ski town of La Clusaz, France, he is waiting impatiently for a double espresso, with a dollop of milk. "I love coffee; I go from morning funk to so stoked to ski, I can't get my boots on fast enough," he says excitedly, although no coffee has arrived yet. "And it's my last day in France. I'm ready to overdose on caffeine."
Delorme has been in La Clusaz for a week, filming nearly 12-hour days for a Faction Skis edit, which debuted online last week. He is with fellow team members Candide Thovex, Tim McChesney and Ian Borgeson. "I've never gotten so good in one week as skiing with this crew, and hitting like 17 jumps on each lap to adverse landings," he says. "They've kept the lifts open late every day for us -- we ski and shoot until 8 p.m. -- it's been pretty amazing."
Delorme has made a name for himself as mainly a park skier, but this winter, he branched out, competing in his first big-mountain contest and enjoying the more alternative-style slopestyle contests.
In late March, Delorme was in Pemberton, BC, filming with Level 1 Productions. He left Canada for France, where he competed in Phil Casabon and Henrik Harlaut's B&E Inventational in Les Arcs. Known for his creative style in the park, Delorme says that this year's inaugural B&E is what slopestyle needs to get back to its roots and away from formulaic tricks now thrown in some big contests. "B&E was a step in the right direction. It's just good for skiing to break the mold of the typical event that slopestyle is morphing into," he says.
"Events like the Olympics are great opportunities for our sport to be seen, and the athletes to make more money," he continued. "But even my mom called me up after the Olympics and said it was great, but she asked me why everyone was doing the same tricks."
In Les Arcs, the format was right up Delorme's alley. "There were about 20 of us at B&E, and we all judged each other," Delorme says. "I think skiing should be enjoyed, not judged. And if I am judging and you land the coolest trick ever and you're not smiling at the bottom, you're in trouble."
This winter, Delorme took his search for fun in skiing to a big-mountain competition, entering the four-star Freeride World Tour qualifier in Crested Butte, Colo., on a whim. "I just wanted to hang with the cowboys and see what it is all about. We only got one run, with just a visual inspection," he says. "I got lost and I fell, but I was super stoked. Everyone was cheering ... what's not to love? I'll definitely do another one."
The fun vibe, says Delorme, has gone missing from the park scene. "Park competition is a little different. It's younger, but extremely competitive. It's stuffy."