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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…

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Mo Poc on the Bloc

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Martin Söderström / JDP Images

You find the craziest things on YouTube these days. Like this vid from the killer Poc event held on main street this summer. Now that was a party.

And if you’re into that then you might as well check this one out too. The first double front flip ever on a BMX. OK, OK, it doesn’t have anything to do with Chamonix but hey, you gotta respect the skills, eh?

MadCatSkills in Chamonix

Danny MacAskill has made quite a name for himself lately with his mad freestyle mountain bike skills. He pedaled past Col du Montets on his way through Chamonix recently and, fortunately for us, alert reader Michael Devor recorded the action.

After the warmup he started in with the upside down tricks. I mean this guy is seriously good, eh? OK, OK, I couldn’t figure out how to get these right side up and I finally gave up. They’re good enough to put in upside down though so if you’re on a lappy just hold the thing upside down and watch and hopefully I’ll get this figured out before the next one. Any and all ideas on the fix are more than welcome.

When there aren’t big boulders around to bounce around on, Danny makes the most out of fences, trees, staircases, traffic barriers and basically any other architectural feature he spots. Check out more of Danny’s skills in this remarkable vid.