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

chamlines_s03e02_Couloirdu Gypaete

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?




Roch Malnuit Gets Some Air Time

As you know, Roch Malnuit is a homeboy Chamonix slayer who’s been climbing, sliding and flying around these mountains since he was born. But what you might not be aware of is that his buddy Timothee Nalet thought it was about time Roch got a bit more air time – and we’re not talking about the kind that comes from hurling yourself off sheer rock faces – so he posted this sweet mini-documentary.

Oh yeah, and did I mention he’s an OG shredder as well? How about some first snowboard descent action on Mt Buet?

Want more? Swing by his website and see how Roch’s rollin’.

Xavier de Le Rue’s This Is My Winter (full tamale) – That’s One Helluva Season Edit, Xavier

Y’know how it is when there’s no snow. You’re sitting around with nothing to do so you decide it’s time to clean up the ol’ desktop. But before you trash all that footy from last season you figure you might as well mash it up into a season edit.

Funny, but mine doesn’t look quite like Xavier’s…

Maël Brasey Speed Riding in Chamonix

Woooooooo!!!!!! – Maël Brasey

Man, just when you’d thought you’d seen it all, a vid like this hits your screen and raises the bar.

Mad, right? Read on to learn a bit more about the man between the canopy and the skis…

Name: Maël Brasey

Age: 24

Born: near Lyon

Chamonix: 18 years

The why: Je fais du speed depuis 5 ans. J’aime le ski, la montagne, voler vite et pouvoir melanger tout ca, ça ouvre pleins de nouveaux terrains de jeu. C’est des sensations incroyables.

Dreams: Pouvoir pratiquer ma passion à fond et realiser certains projets….

Radness: Un vol en wingsuit de Matt Guerdes sur l’Aiguille du Gouter sur sa vidéo Ground Effect. Un peu plus de 6 mois, mais Antoine Montant qui slide un ancien cable de telepherique en speed riding et qui ride en ski le Frendo dans la face nord de l’Aiguille du Midi avant de sortir la voile de speed au bout du sérac. Ainsi que Cyrilde Pinard et François Bon partis faire une expedition pour gravir et redescendre en speed riding le Mustagh Ata (7546m) au Kirghizistan. [Interview made in July 2011 -ed]

If you could change one thing in Chamonix: Obtenir plus de respect et de reconnaissance pour les saisonniers.

Shout outs: Il y a beaucoup de personnes dans la vallée qui pratiquent des sports engagés (parapente, speed riding, base jump, ski, alpinisme, mountain bike…)

Importance: Se faire plaisir dans ce que l’on fait 🙂

Last words: “Emancipate yourselves from the mental slavery

None but ourselves can free our minds.” –Bob Marley

To see more of Maël’s speed riding vids and base tuning techniques, check out his page on

Xavier de Le Rue Showcases Blower Chamonix Powder Season in ‘This Is My Winter’

This is My Winter

Holy smokes! Starting the day with a teaser like this is better than three cans of Red Bull with a shot of espresso in them.

This is my winter Timeline

The riding is classic Xavier with the kind of steep ice, mach 11 powder turns and nail-biting straightlines that have built his formidable reputation as a big mountain slayer.

“Welcome to Chamonix,” indeed.

The complete version of This Is My Winter will be available online for free from mid-November and also features the skills of Mathieu Crepel, Andreas Fransson and Samuel Anthamatten.

Teahupoo Tow In Session – 27 August 2011

2011 Billabong Pro TeahuooDuring the 2011 Billabong Pro Teahupoo, conditions were so big on 27 August that organizers were forced to call a lay day. While some of the crew took the opportunity to catch up on emails and iron their socks, others got stuck into some of the heaviest conditions ever filmed at this epic break.

And if you were watching that last clip and wondering what it would feel like to take one of those lips on the head then check out this footage of Kalani Chapman paying the price. Is that Thierry Donard I hear in the background shouting, “Too deep! Don’t go!  Too deep!”

Smoking the Crack – A New Low in Proximity Flying + Coupe Icare 2011

Grinding the Crack

This is a jump site just outside of St Hilaire du Touvet near Grenoble. My old climbing buddy La Fouche’s deck is just next to it and you can hear the rush of wind as these lunatics fly past.

He has yet to share with me the sound they make when they hit the ground…

And speaking of St Hilaire, the Coupe Icare is happening from 22-25 September featuring a sky filled with completely mad Frenchies doing what they do best. This is a great place to pick up a second-hand wing with over 10,000 sq m of used equipment. Check the website for details.