Monthly Archives: March 2010

Big Waves, Huge Cojones: Teahupoo Checks In

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It was 15˚C in Chamonix last week and even though there might still be one, or at the very most two, measly powder days ahead the curiously intelligent and devilishly handsome are already looking forward to the day when they hang up the skis and light out for the coast.

In doing our part to clean out our own lineup and add to someone else’s the ChamonixInsider presents this inspiring  little teaser in the hopes of encouraging you to bump up your surf plans by a few weeks.

On March 17th the first south major swell of the season slammed into Tahiti resulting in what some of the old salts are saying is the biggest Teahupoo ever ridden. Whether that’s true or not, this beefy slab of South Pacific thunder and the crew who ride it always command respect.

So waddaya say? Why endure the hardship and danger of three or four more weeks of cold wet miserable snow when you could be kicking back on a warm sunny beach somewhere? Just sayin’.

The Truth About Powder Skis

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Chamonix’s De Le Rue Wins Freeride World Tour

Douds Charlet, Verbier Xtreme 2010

Rider: Douds Charlet. Image:©Nissan Xtreme BY Swatch - Verbier 2010 / C. Margot

I know, I know. I’m pretty far off the back with this news but hey, that’s what happens when you dare to venture outside the wifi bubble for a week or so.

So the big (though unsurprising) news for those of us in the valley is certainly Chamonix loc Xavier de Le Rue bringing home the snowboarding gold (and some say, the best run of the day) in the Verbier event as well as the Freeride World Tour overall trophy. Well deserved. Xavier is truly The Man.

Verbier Xtreme Men’s Snowboard
1. Xavier DE LE RUE – FRA
2. Cyril NERI – SUI

The ski division on the other hand was more hotly contested going into the final event at Verbier with several riders having a good shot at the overall title. Chamonix homeboy Kaj Zackrisson was the dude of the day, just edging out CHX loc Aurélien Ducroz’s near-identical run. The win was enough to earn Zackrisson second overall behind Candide Thovex with Henrik Windstedt third.

Verbier Xtreme Men’s Ski
2. Aurélien DUCROZ – FRA
3. Candide THOVEX – FRA

So who do you believe had the best run of the day. Vote in our ChamonixInsider Poll-a-tron below.

Also interesting to note is the number of views the vids have generated. With that in mind, The Insider has decided to present our own Media Domination award. Sponsors, take note.

ChamonixInsider’s FWT Media Domination Award 2010 (as of 31 March)
1. Xavier DE LE RUE – 26,342 views
2. Julia MANCUSO – 22, 483 views
3. Kaj ZACKRISSON – 7,978 views

Seems as though Olympic fever is still strong, eh? In any case you gotta respect a girl who grabs third in her first freeride event ever and scores the most hits ever for a women’s freeski event. Nice one, Julia.

Freeride World Tour 2010 Overall Standings

Men’s Ski
1. Candide THOVEX – FRA

Men’s Snowboard
1. Xavier DE LE RUE – FRA

Women’s Ski
3. Jaclyn PAASO – USA

Women’s Snowboard
1. Aline BOCK – GER
2. Susan MOL – USA
3. Nathalie ZENKLUSEN – SUI

Finally, I’ve heard there were some pretty gnarly crashes at the Verbier event. If anyone knows where to find them on the interwebs hit me back with a link and I’ll throw ’em up.

Fourteen 14ers: The Ripper Goes Skiing

My teammates from Denali, The Ripper Dave Schipper and James ‘Over Easy’ Healy, thought they’d get a last blast of skiing in before the season ends. For these guys that  involves 12,000 meters of climbing over more than 200 kilometers at over 3500 meters. With what sounds to me like very heavy packs. Erm … thanks for the invite guys but maybe I’ll catch you next year for a couple of powder turns in Silverton instead.

Check out the gear list as they prepare for their departure on 28 March at which point you’ll be able to follow their progress on a regular basis at

It’s Hard to Be Humble – Boss des Bosses 2010

The 2010 Boss des Bosses was an event not to be missed with blazing sun, brilliant costumes and more mogul skiing than you’d ever care to see – no, seriously. Way more.

Chamonix met arch-nemesis Zermatt in a tightly contested final and in the end Chamonix battled their way to victory. Hooray the conquering heroes! Allez les Chamonerds!

Chamonix Guiding Snow Report – 17 March

Wow, this is the first time I’ve heard Seb talk about it being hard to find fresh snow and with the last significant snow hitting what seems like three or four weeks ago, it’s easy to understand why.

At least the beautiful sunny weather has brought warmer temperatures which is beginning to soften the snow a bit in the afternoon so if you’ve got a ticket already booked be happy in knowing there are some great party nights this weekend and no need to be in line for the first telefreak in the morning. Snow Forecast Compendium

Last significant snowfall end of February  😦

The Black Bosses Telemark Weekend

2009 Boss des Bosses Photo: UpstairsChamonix

Boss des Bosses 17 March

Oh yeah, it’s that time of year again. The sun’s out, the snow’s softening up and the silly outfits are slowly but surely making their way from the back of the closet to the slopes. Must be time for the Boss des Bosses.

2010 is the 21st anniversary of Chamonix’s most important inter-resort, fancy dress, mogul rivalry and with last year’s crowd breaking all previous records, the 2010 edition should not be missed.

Teams of men and women skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers from Chamonix, Verbier, Meribel and Courchevel will be oiling up the knees and waxing up their shortest, skinniest skis in their attempt to unseat 2009 champion Zermatt. Local DJs will be banging out tunes and there’s always more than a few truly fantastic outfits on parade to keep everyone entertained.

The contest starts Wednesday, 17 March around that time and will finish when it’s over so don’t be late.

The Black Weekend 17-21 March

There’s not a whole lot you can say about The Black Weekend other than it’s pretty much everything you’d expect and more from the world’s coolest ski brand – skiing, partying, debauchery, repeat.

Check for a schedule of the weekend’s many festivities.

Otavalo Telemark Festival 19-21 March

Thankfully we’ll have a day to work off the hangover from the Boss des Bosses before the good crew at Otavalo kick off their Telemark Festival on the 19th and running through to the 21st. The event will be held at the top of LeTour’s Charamillon lift and will feature a free ski test with over 70 pairs of skis and boots to demo from K2, Zag and Movement as well as handmade skis by Rabbit on the Roof and Chamonix-based Homeski by Brotherwood.

For those who’ve been thinking their legs are just simply too strong for a girly sport like alpine skiing, or for anyone in need of brushing up on their drop knee technique, there will be instructors on hand giving free instruction.

And finally, there will also be a free telecross race held throughout the event and there’s rumors of some kind of fiesta going down at the refuge one night followed, no doubt, by a boozy midnight Chinese downhill.

Last but not least, those whose thighs have not yet burst into flames will leave Sunday morning with a wool-clad herd of other pinheads and ski via the Haute Route to the Telemark Festival Zermatt which will start on the 26th and ends when people can no longer walk.