“In skiing you cannot be an asshole and be appreciated by anyone.” – MAB
By John Clary Davies
Marc-Andre Belliveau was in his prime, in 2006, when he was paralyzed from the waist down in a fall while filming with Teton Gravity Research. Belliveau, whose personality and style made him a joy to be around and watch, had broken his T12 vertebra.
Five years later, Belliveau has moved on. A musician, he performs regularly (listen to him here), and he works for a campground on the north shore of Quebec’s Saint Lawrence River, organizing sea kayak whale-watching tours. This winter, he’ll work for a hostel that sets up ski trips in the Chic-Choc mountains. “It’s the best place to ski powder out east,” he says. Powder.com recently caught up with Belliveau to talk about his career, what he’s learned from his injury, and skiing in a chair.