Lionel was born in Chamonix, where he started at the Ski Club at a very young age. Learning the basics of gliding on alpine and crosscountry skis, he knew he was searching for another challenge to feed his passion for snow. In 1988 his father gave him and his brother a snowboard, and the discovery of Chamonix became an ultimate goal.
During several years he participated to competitions in half-pipe and big-air events, but the passion for freeride and powder grew stronger and stronger. He decided to follow the SSBS formation in Switzerland to become a certified and recognised snowboard instructor, so he could share his passion with other riders.
His passion for snow, mountains and mountain bike are equal to his passion for skating and surfing in summer.