Xinhua News Agency, Hohhot, January 19th (Reporter Ren Junchuan, Peng Yuan, Fei Maohua) In winter, the Hulunbeier grassland was covered with heavy snow. At the intersection of grassland and forest, in the Balitu forest farm, more than 100 kilometers away from Xinbaerhu Zuoqi, a 39-year-old Mongolian youth, Buhe Bajard, slowly walked to the top of the mountain with his skis on his back. More than a foot thick of snow makes a "crunch, crunch" sound under your feet, leaving a series of deep footprints where you step.
On January 14th, Buch Bajard was practicing his skiing skills. Xinhua News Agency reporter Fei Maohua photo
Buhe Bajard lives in Xinbaerhu Zuoqi, Hulunbeier City, Inner Mongolia, and works in the local emergency management comprehensive administrative law enforcement brigade. In winter, all kinds of disasters rarely occur on the grassland, and the working hours are relatively "loose". Baritu Forest Farm is a sports paradise for him to enjoy weekends in winter. Although it is difficult to walk in the snow, when he put on his skis and whizzed through the sparse Woods, the speed and passion brought by the movement made his whole blood boil, like a fire, cutting a hole in the cold air around him. Being able to ride freely in the natural snow field makes this "number one player" of grassland skiing feel extremely comfortable. Since he liked skiing, he has come here every snow season and weekends when he has nothing to do.
Five years ago, when Buhe Bajard first saw someone who could control a single board to slide freely in a ski resort, his cool action fascinated him. Xinbaerhu Zuoqi is located in a remote place, which is more than 180 kilometers away from the nearest Aershan Ski Resort. In order to practice skiing skills, he drives every weekend. The cost of skiing is relatively expensive. For economic reasons, he had to eat and live in the car during that time.
Buch Bajard walks in a gentle mountain forest (aerial photo taken by drone on January 15th). Xinhua News Agency reporter Peng Yuanshe
With the improvement of snowboarding skills, Buch Bajard has higher and higher demands on himself, and his desire to strengthen his training has become stronger and stronger. In 2020, he accidentally discovered an abandoned construction dump around the central town of Xinbaerhu Zuoqi, where there happened to be a short slope with moderate height, so he decided to build a snow trail on this basis. He borrowed a pickup truck from his cousin, collected the snow near the town, and then piled it on a short slope, paved it with shovels, built a small platform, and installed simple obstacles. He successfully transformed the short slope into a ski resort, which can be used to practice snowboarding slope obstacle skills.
On January 14th, Buch Bajard was tidying up the slopes of ski resorts. Xinhua News Agency reporter Peng Yuanshe
Paving this small venue is undoubtedly a pioneering work for Buhe Bajard, which almost made him realize "skiing freedom". Since then, skating for 2 hours at noon on weekdays and 6 hours on weekends has become the standard of his life. Because the snowboarding slope obstacle project requires high physical fitness, when the snow season does not come, Buhe Bajard will soak in the gym in his spare time to strengthen physical training; At the same time, I also played skateboarding and trained my skills.
This is Buch Bajard who took a break from training on January 14th. Xinhua News Agency reporter Peng Yuanshe
"Falling in love with skiing has made my life very regular. I am thinking about how to practice my next move every day after work." Buch Bajard said that even during the period when he was lying at home recovering from injury, all he could think about was the image of putting on skis and jumping in the air.
Buch Bajard likes to film his skiing scenes and post them on the Internet to communicate with people who love skiing. By chance, the staff of the Organizing Committee of X GAMES CHINA Ski Tour saw the video of him practicing skiing on the Internet and invited him to participate in the competition. "After receiving the invitation, I was so excited that I didn’t sleep for two nights. I think the persistence of these years has not been in vain." Buhe Bajard told reporters that he had been practicing skiing all these years alone, and many people around him didn’t understand and advised him to give up, but he just persisted because skiing brought him enrichment and happiness.
On January 15th, Buch Bajard was practicing his skiing skills. Xinhua News Agency reporter Fei Maohua photo
At Yabuli Station of 2021 X GAMES CHINA Ski Tour, Buhe Bajard got a good ranking and almost reached the final. He was greatly encouraged by his hard-won achievements, and the attitudes of people around him began to change quietly.
At the end of the interview, Buch Bajard recommended a film Eddie the Eagle to the reporter. The story is based on the true story of Michael Edwards, a famous platform skier in British history. The hero Eddie’s spirit of never giving up in the sports field and his extraordinary perseverance and optimism in the face of great difficulties and challenges deeply touched him, and he cried many times when he watched it late at night. He feels like Eddie to some extent, neither wants to give up easily, but wants to constantly challenge himself.
On January 15th, Buch Bajard prepared to ski in a natural ski resort. Xinhua News Agency reporter Fei Maohua photo
"In fact, skiing is not as dangerous as everyone thinks. Although my physical fitness is declining, I feel that as long as I keep training, I will be able to slide to 60 years old. Participating in the competition is not the real purpose of my skiing. I just want to let more people know about skiing through my own efforts and let the children on the grassland like skiing. " Buch Bajard said that he would put more energy into promoting skiing, which may be his real mission in life.