Nicolas Belissent – Profile
Hometown: Les Houches, France
Personal Sponsors: Black Pig Meat Co.
USTSA Sponsors: Karbon, Global Rescue, Saucer Wax, Minus33, Telemarkdown, 22 Designs
My Skiing History:
Growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, skiing wasn’t the most accessible of sports. Luckily, my parents were avid mountain lovers, so we often made the three hour drive to Lake Tahoe. I learned how to ski at Tahoe Donner, a tiny ski hill outside of Truckee, and then moved on Sugar Bowl as I grew older. At the age of 8, I graduated to Alpine Meadows and Squaw Valley. But the skiing I did before the age of ten consisted mostly of pizza turns and French fry parallels. Living by the sea, wasn’t the best place to become an amazing skier! Fortunately, in 2010, I moved the Chamonix Valley in the French Alps. Loving the fresh mountain air, my integration in the skiing community was relatively easy. After two years of alpine skiing, I switched to telemark. I learned quickly and was eager to compete on a national level. In 2014, I joined the Mont Blanc regional team as a partner and placed in many French Cups. Two years ago, my coach Seb Mansart, contacted the U.S. team to ask if I could try out. After getting their approval, I raced my first World Cup at the WC Finals in Muerren, Switzerland. The next year, I raced in 4 different venues across Europe and enjoyed every moment, from the speedy turns to the high doses of adrenaline. A highlight of this past season was my trip to Norway for World Juniors. I had a blast !
My Goals and Motivation:
This coming year I will be studying in the UK so skiing will become more complicated. My main goal would be to race as many World Cups I can and attend the Junior World Championships.
What I Love About Telemark Racing:
Telemark is the hardest skiing sport you can get. They make you go through gates, take a jump and then while your thighs have clearly had enough, skate through a course. The thrill of pushing my limits makes it all worth it.
Interesting Facts About Myself:
My dad is French and my mom is American, so I grew in what I’d call mix of cultures. I have dual citizenship and speak both languages fluently. I eat snails and hamburgers. During the summer I run with my local trail running team, doing 10 to 20 kilometer runs all over the region.
28th Sprint WC
30th Sprint WC
9th Parallel Sprint WC
25th Classic WC
17th Parallel Sprint WC
25th Classic World Junior Championships
21th Sprint World Junior Championships
17th Parallel World Championships
30th Classic World Championships
2nd U18 Sprint
Multiple podiums on the French Telemark Tour.
17th at the Muerren 2015 Parallel