Coline Ballet-Baz: Taking Women's Skiing To The Next Level

I had only really heard of Coco once or twice before she dropped 'Playground', her solo street film segment filmed entirely next year. From the streets to the competition scene, she's on the come up and one to keep your eyes out for. There has been a huge increase in ladies taking it to the streets and putting out film parts over the past few years, and B-Baz is at the front line leading the movement. Born and raised in Vienne, France, it wasn’t until she went off to University at age 17 that she took up skiing- since then she’s been traveling the world to compete and film. 

Coline took a break from the competition scene last year to work on Playground, and despite a lack of snow in Europe, managed to put together a 3 minute solo edit of solid urban shots

What have you been up to this season?

This season has been pretty busy so far, with some skiing on Glaciers (Saas Fee and Stubai) since August, two city big air comps in Autumn, and the start of the Worldcup circuit early January. Since then we have traveled to Font Romeu (France), Seiser Alm (Italy), Mammoth (USA) and Quebec city, all for world cups. It was my first time having such a busy traveling schedule for competing and I have to say I enjoyed it a lot, it was a great experience!

Now I'm just coming back from a Backcountry trip with Picture in Bulgaria. We were living in a bus with 6 other riders, the couple that owned the bus, their 2-year-old daughter Jenna and the production crew, road trippin', touring and adventures every day, I loved it :)

 

Nine Queens 2013, Vanessa Andrieux photo.

Nine Queens 2013, Vanessa Andrieux photo.

 

You dropped ‘Playground’, a full street segment this past fall- Did you film it all over the course of one season? What originally brought you to start hitting the streets?

I have always found fun to go down in the streets, finding your own spot and trying to ride it with friends. For me, there is a good balance between park and street, in the park you can learn a lot of tricks, and then you get hyped to put them down in the streets and get a shot.

Yes, Playground was been filmed within one season, but I did not compete much that season so I had time for this project. The main struggle has more been the lack of snow in Europe at that time, we had to cancel a bunch of sessions because of that, and ended up filming around 10 days on 10 different spots. It snowed a lot during April but I hit my knee on the first spot we did this month, so unfortunately we couldn't enjoy these late snowfalls to add more shots to the edit.

If you had the opportunity to make an all women’s park or street edit, where would you film and who would be on your crew?

I would definitively love to be part of a female freeskiing movie including both park and street skiing. We have already done some park edits with Emma (Dahlström), and we had a really great time doing that, so I would love to push in that direction! The ideal crew for me would be composed of every girl motivated to film and to push her skiing! I'm thinking for example of Emma, Lisa (Zimmermann) who is killing it this season and also loves to film, Kim (Lamarre) and the ladies from Diamond Annies who kill it in the streets, and a lot of other ripping girls, it would be awesome to put an edit all together one day!

Filming for Playground. Photo by David Malacrida Media

Filming for Playground. Photo by David Malacrida Media

 

Who the biggest influence on your style? What skiers do you look up to?

I think my biggest influence so far has been the friends with who I have been riding, who showed me a bunch of tricks and pushed me to try new ones.

Being part of the Nine Queens has also been a big breakthrough in my skiing, riding with other girls who are killing it and shooting all week is the biggest motivation for me ! The 2 past years I have been especially impressed by Lisa who is always pushing her skiing and the snowboarder girls like Klaudia, Hailey, Sarka or Kjersti, their style on a board is also inspiring for sure !

But I have to say it's hard to pick up one specific source of inspiration, I get inspired by pretty much all videos/edits I watch :),


What else do you do when you’re not skiing?

When I am not skiing I love spending time with my friends, reading or listening to music. Then during summer my favourite things to do are hiking, camping, visiting new places, or traveling around with a backpack, a bike, and some good friends!


Where do you want to take your skiing next?

I have always been attracted by all sides of freeskiing, park, street and backcountry, so I would be very grateful if I could experiment a bit more of each in the future.

For the moment my goals are mainly focused on park skiing with the Olympics next year, but I also really want to do some other street projects, and to discover freeride and backcountry skiing, get to know more about the mountains on which we are skiing. I would definitively love to film a video part including both street and BC, but I know it takes time and is maybe hard to combine with a competition season, so let's see what the future brings! :)