Ride the Snake aka The Freestyle Menace in Chamonix. If People Aren’t Vigilant Against This Sort of Thing the Next Thing You Know We’ll Have a Halfpipe!

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Effortless Method over Mont Blanc? Clearly the result of a deal with the devil.

Ride The Snake. The name is lewd, satanic even, if you happen to harbor that particular deviation of imagination.

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Big kickers are scary for a reason. If not avoided at all costs, pleasureable sensations may occur that are difficult for young minds to understand.

Egged on by the creative, open – shall we say ‘liberal’? Or perhaps the more en vogue, ‘progressive’ – minds at HO5 Parks, Compagnie du Mont Blanc, LeTour ski area and Quiksilver, the riders came, they rode the snake, they unleashed their smooth, styley sorcery on our our impressionable youth, infecting local minds with absurd ideas of going upside down and even (gasp) backwards!

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At first glance this might look like fun but, seriously. It’s not even steep.

Yes, yes, the lewd, satanic frestylers came and forced their happy-go-lucky hijinks on our pious community of splitboard-riding, woolly-underweared, glacier-glassed riders who keep their directional boards on the snow and pointing forward as God and Jake originally intended.

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Styley, yes. But at what cost?

And all this without harness, beacon or airbag – soooooo irresponsible.

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Avert your eyes, children. Focus instead on the beautiful suffering of the skin track.

Oh by the way, here’s the video…

Steep and Deep for Auré, Leo and Pica in the Couloir du Gypaète

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A casual 55˚

Ep 2 of Aurélien Ducroz’s ChamLines is a beauty, indeed.

Aurélien Ducroz, Leo Slemett and noted steep line slayer Julien ‘Pica’ Herry head down valley to the Couloir du Gypaète above Plateau d’Assy.

The east-facing couloir has around 500 vertical meters with another 500 meters of approach/cruisey pow turns below it. The majority of the line rests at 45˚ with the top 150m closer to 55˚.  And you’ll also see from the vid that there are sections so narrow that the only option is pointing it or rappelling. Any guesses as to which road this crew took?

 

 

Candide Part 3

Boosting Over A Heli Is Def Next Level

Boosting Over A Running Heli? Def Next Level

The wait is over. Watch this now.

Polzer/Williman Win King of the Dolomites Photo Contest

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Klaus Polzer behind the lens, Neil Williman in front. Dolomites, Italia.                      Photo courtesy Arc’teryx

King of the Dolomites is a freeride contest based in San Martino di Castrozza, Italia where teams of photographers and riders work together over two days to bring in the best photo. (Read: massive 2-day piss-up in Italy).

Massive double flying shakas to Klaus Polzer for bringing home the gold with this moody pow shot of Neil Williman.

Moody pow shot? You rarely see those three words together, eh?

Anyway, here’s a video of the photo contest which also seems a bit ironic but there you go.

Douds Takes First at Fieberbrun FWT, Tied for First Overall. Cute Girl in Bikini Hopes He’ll Win Big in Verbier

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Chamonix homeboy Douds Charlet continues to crush the 2012 FWT men’s snowboard division with a win at the Fieberbrunn event held last weekend.

The FWT counts the three best finishes of the season which, with two wins and a second place finish, means Douds and Ralph Backstrom are tied for first going into the final event of the season, the Swatch FWT Xtreme Verbier.

Chamonix’s Aurélien Ducroz desperately needed a podium finish in Fieberbrunn to solidify his hope of hanging onto his 2011 title but came in a disappointing sixth.

Auré is currently sitting 4th overall but because the final overall score is determined using each rider’s four best results, he is mathematically not out of the running. A win at Verbier combined with his second, fourth and sixth place finishes would be enough to push him past the three leading skiers if they all crash out or get abducted by aliens mid-run. I think. To tell the truth I can’t be bothered to do the math but a quick glance at the current FWT rankings makes it look realistic. Anyone out there have a calculator?

The Swatch FWT Xtreme Verbier 2012 will be held sometime between the 22nd and 25th of March. Alas, Kate Upton won’t be there but rest assured you can always find her here. Allez le 74!

Go Douds.

Andreas Fransson, JP Auclair Talking Risk and Reward While Slaying Chamonix Classics

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JP Auclair hit town in February so he and Swedish Adventurer of the Year Andreas Fransson decided to knock off a few of the classics (formerly known as test pieces) which Andreas now has trouble distinguishing from the pistes.

Man, I wish that guy would stop making this all look so easy.

To read more of Andreas’s thoughts on skiing and life, check out his insight-filled blog and stay tuned for JP and Andreas in Chamonix – The Sequel! Coming soon.

Nate’s Gone Walkabout … or Skiabout As It Were

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Nate Wallace has dropped a new edit but if you look closely you’ll notice this one’s not in Chamonix and the skiers are even older – JHAF represent! Plus this one has a bomb drop to tweaked backside called the S&S and no crevasses.

Well done, Nate. Keep ’em comin’.