"Marie-France is better than everyone else, period. She makes everything look easy and she is such an inspiration to so many people." - Jess Kimura
"High-end freeride footage on a splitboard. It was nice to see her step up!." - Jeremy Jones (Big Mountain)
Instead of starting last season with the goal of changing snowboarding, SNOWBOARDER Magazine’s 2015 Women’s Rider of the Year strapped in with aspirations of changing the world. Yet good intentions and a well-meaning message do not aRider of the Year make. With each blind landing, textbook trick and deep descent, Marie-France Roy separated herself from the rest of the ballot and the fact that she did so while tirelessly toiling for a cause we all can appreciate makes her that much more worthy of all of our appreciation.
Before transitioning to the backcountry, Marie-France Roy had achieved superstar status with her groundbreaking freestyle performances in Rome’s Any Means and the follow-up No Correct Way. Now MFR once again finds herself at the precipice of progression, only now in the unbridled environs of the backcountry. The same fluid mechanics that made her jibs and jumps so revolutionary has become the foundation of her freeriding ethic. In Marie’s 2015 Women’s Video Part of the Year-winning segment from The Little Things, the Québecois rookie turned BC resident steps up her game by spinning backside off cornices, planting pillows and buttering down nature’s bounty. Then there is that one trick which defines all riders. "I usually judge snowboarders by how good their method is, and Marie has a DAMN good method," explains our 2006 Women’s Rider of the Year and Marie’s Full Moon Films colleague, Leanne Pelosi. "Everything she does is progressive in some way or another, whether it’s hitting something creative or pushing the limits with her trickery. What a legend she is!"
While other established riders are content chasing storms and cashing checks, Marie-France Roy is using her charisma and abilities to do something more lasting. This past winter she pursued a passion project titled The Little Things that deals with the environmental crisis of global warming, so intimate and relevant to all riders. Rather than taking a preachy approach Marie and her co-producer Darcy Turenne make a practical argument for each person taking a minimalist approach to minimizing our impact on the environment. Gretchen Bleiler, Jonavan Moore, Jeremy Jones and David Suzuki are but a few of those whose testimonials both enlighten and educate. Given how much of a hot topic the lack of cold temps in places like Tahoe and the Pacific Northwest has become, if Marie’s off-hill efforts can help reverse this dire trend then it is more than a "little thing" and SNOWBOARDER Magazine will be more than willing to reward our 2015 Women’s Rider of the Year recipient with Women’s Rider of All Time!