The High Five festival is in full swing in Annecy on this first weekend of October. Sports Minister Roxane Maracineanu made the trip to this event dedicated to skiing and board sports, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. On the program: entertainment, screenings and thrills!
From zip lines to skate parks to giant trampolines, the High Five festival keeps its promises of thrills.
On the shores of Lake Annecy, many activities delight young and old all weekend long. “It’s nice to find a small festival and the weather is there so it’s cool to enjoy it with the children!“savors an Annecy man who came with his daughter.
High Five Annecy Festival
Alongside the visitors, other guests of choice stroll like the famous freestyle skier Enak Gavaggio. After 8 years, last session and end of the adventure for the man we nickname Rancho. But the mission is successful: that of breaking the boundaries between all the sports disciplines.
“Launching a cross-country skiing video with a free rider on a freestyle platform was not won at all but we believed in it. And in fact the first episode was a direct hit.“he congratulated himself.
Festival At the High Five, children are also in the spotlight. One of the films shown looks at the future of French freeskiing, which is good news for Antoine Dénériaz, Olympic downhill champion in 2006: “It is a mixture between the old ones, of which I am a part, and the young people. The more traditional disciplines, where I also come from, with young freestylers, snowboarders etc.“.
Another distinguished guest to make the trip for the ten years of the festival: Roxane Maracineanu, Minister in charge of Sports. “Being in Annecy in front of this magnificent lake with the presence of the directors of the resorts, it is also the moment to talk about winter sports for all “ she assures, especially since the stations must reopen this season without compulsory health pass.
Ten years already
A great recognition for the founder of the festival who has just announced his departure. “We have ministers who come and we have consideration. We used to be young people with caps in cinemas and now we are privatizing the Imperial Palace, says Gaylord Pedretti. What always amazes me is that sometimes I have Olympic champions who warn me two days before to tell me that they are coming!“.
Each year, on average, 25,000 visitors participate in this event, a preview of the winter season.