Our buddy Seb Montaz from ChamonixGuiding.com deserted us this week to go powder hunting down south near Briançon. But that didn’t keep him from giving a great evaluation of the snow pack here in Chamonix as conditions slowly begin to change from winter to spring.
ChamonixInsider.com Snow Forecast Compendium
Clear your calendars ladies and gents because the winter edition of the bi-annual Dan Milner heckle-fest is coming to Le Vert Hotel on Sunday night, February 28 at 8pm.
This edition will feature what are sure to be some amazing images from Dan’s recent Alaska splitboard mission with a crew of young, up-and-coming riders hoping to make it big and one day be able to afford heli time.
And as if that’s not enough to get you off the couch of a Sunday evening, Le Vert will be serving up one of their grandioso, three-course Sunday roasts starting at 18:00, which is sure to pack the house. It’s all sounding like quite the night out with dinner and the show and all so if you want to ensure your place at a very popular dinner table you best make reservation early (tel. 04 50 53 13 58).
The slide show is gratuit and the three-course Sunday roast is a real bargain at only €19. No word yet on how Dan is going to work in a photo of perennial crowd-favorite Angie Wardle, but if he wants to keep things civil he better figure out a way.
Chamonix ski guide Seb Montaz is back with his weekly report and a bunch of images that make me really wish I’d been with him on this particular day. Does this guy ever ride anything but powder? Well done, Seb!
ChamonixInsider.com Snow Forecast Compendium
all photos: Pico
Went up the Midi after that last big dump and had waist-deep first tracks down the Grands Enver du Plan. Dangerous Dave and a couple of the boys were in the same bin and turned right towards the Cosmiques. Round about the same time, back on the valley floor Pico was out shoveling snow, heard a huge roar, and turned to snap these images of a massive chunk of the Glacier Rond calving off and obliterating the exit traverse of the Cosmiques and Rond.
I saw Dangerous in the supermarket a few days later so to answer your question, no, he and the crew are not buried beneath tons of snow and ice somewhere below the Rond. That 1000 watt smile of his seemed to have increased a watt or two.
Embarrassed to admit it but I missed the boardercross and because I don’t want to wait up until three in the morning it looks like I’m gonna miss the men’s Olympic stunt ditch as well. Darn the luck.
But hey, speaking of snowboarding, here’s a little video of the real deal – no uniforms, no clocks, no judges and no rules. All this and the first video I’ve seen in a long time without a single handrail in it. YES!
And thanks to alert reader, Fredrik Ericsson, here’s where you can catch the replay of the Olympic Men’s U-flume final including Shawn’s now famous final double McTomahawk. Holy smokes, that kid rips. As a special bonus you get brilliant ‘expert’ commentary to the tune of, “Is Shaun really wearing jeans?!”
And for commentary that’s even better than the video check out Tom Copsey’s blow-by-blow description from the wee hours of the European morning at the Onboard media center. Nice one, boys. Keep it coming.
Being a guy who’s not all that into contests I was kinda thinking I’d avoid an Olympics posting altogether. Unless of course one of the hometown heros was able to bring home a medal. ChamonixInsider is all about bigging up the homies, right?
Lindsey Vonn photographed by Warwick Saint in Whistler Blackcomb, BC, Canada. Skiwear by Ralph Lauren Global Warming collection.
Y’see I really prefer to think that sports like snowboarding – like surfing, skateboarding and climbing – are more about individual expression and personal growth than who can meet some panel of judges’ criteria of what’s good and what’s not. Of course, there are exceptions. Downhill skiing, for instance. In my mind that is without question the most amazing event at the Winter Olympics. But I mean really, how can you call a guy a loser because he was 2/100ths of a second slower than the next dude? I know, I know, the clock is the ultimate judge but seriously, 2/100s of a second? Whatever. I realize that with an attitude like this I’d be a lot better off taking my Birkenstocks and patchouli oil and posting a few telemark stories instead.
But for some reason that I’m going to find difficult to explain to my incredibly amazing and wonderful girlfriend, I found myself on the Sports Illustrated website, doing some … ahem … journalistic-type research on Olympic athletes and noticed a, shall we say, revealing exposé on Olympic skier, Lindsay Vonn. Of course I was shocked by this misogynistic objectification of women athletes. As we all know, these sports professionals should never be portrayed as beautiful or in the least bit sexy and I’m outraged to think that anyone (other than a semi-professional journalist working on a scathing denunciation of such chauvinist malfeasance) would admire the athletic feminine physique displayed in all 45 of Lindsey’s images and the video. Or the images of Olympic snowboarder Clair Bidez, for that matter. And the same goes for the shots of Brooklyn Decker who might not even ski at all for all we know and even if she does she’d probably wear those sporty sexy Gore-Tex Pro stretch pants and a slim silhouette softshell top that would cause all sorts of distractions, and we couldn’t have that now could we? Why, the Baptists will be up in arms! As we well know, all female athletes should adhere to the rules of Islam and cover themselves in loose clothing from head to toe at all times. If not … anarchy is sure to reign down upon our fully-clothed and God-fearing empire.
Clair Bidez photographed by Randall Grant in Whistler Blackcomb, BC, Canada. Lightweight, non-restrictive snowshredding attire by Swim Systems.
So let the record stand that ChamonixInsider.com does not buy into any kind of post-feminist BS whatsoever and heartily encourages all readers to NOT go to SportsIllustrated.com to see the rather fetching … ahem … I mean, scandalous photos of great athletes like Lindsey Vonn and Clair Bidez. And no Bar Rafaeli, either. Trust me, whatever you do, don’t go there.
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