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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?

 

 

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.

Davide Capozzi and Stefano Bigio Nail First Descent on Mont Rochefort

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Meanwhile over on the sunny side, Davide Capozzi and Stefano Bigio stuck a first descent down the SW face of Mont Rochefort – a route they’ve been eyeing for years.

Davide CapozziIn a post on PlanetMountain.com, Capozzi reports, “The descent is continuously exposed, down 45° – 50° slopes. The snow varied considerably since it hadn’t settled completely. We made [two] abseils [down] the final section, one 50m abseil followed by a second, shorter one.”

Capozzi and Bigio rate the route 5.2 E3 and called it Pente a Rémy in honor of Rémy Lecluse who originally suggested skiing the line together.

Check out the full story on PlanetMountain.com.

Davide Capozzi, Stefano Bigio

TV Mountain’s Chamonix Snow Report: Col du Chardonnet

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It may be getting harder to find freshies but the first warm, sunny days in weeks means only the most hardcore whingers are complaining.

Chamonix-meteo calling 5-20cm at 1000m with the disclaimer, “Snow amount depending partly on the barrier effect against the northern slopes of the massifs is difficult to evaluate.” Everyone else guessing between 3-7cm at 2000m with nothing else forecast for the next few days.

Did I mention the sun’s out?

Big thanks TV Mountain, Chamonix.net, Fanny Gras and Michel Bordet. Diggin’ the music on this one.

One Step Beyond: Géraldine Fasnacht Through the Eyes of Seb Montaz

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“In life, it’s our choice whether we laugh or cry.”

If there’s anyone who’s had reason to cry it’s snowboarder, BASE jumper and wingsuit flyer Géraldine Fasnacht. To understand what this young woman has been through and how she’s found the inner strength to bounce back is a testament to her extraordinary character.

T. Rice Supernatural – Bullets For Everybody

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Newsflash! Scientists have discovered life outside the bubble.

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