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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
3. Mitch TOELDERER – AUT

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
1. Kaj ZACKRISSON – SWE
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
2. Kaj ZACKRISSON – SWE
3. Henrik WINDSTEDT – SWE

Men’s Snowboard
1. Xavier DE LE RUE – FRA
2. Mitch TOELDERER – AUT
3. Matt ANNETTS – USA

Women’s Ski
1. Ane ENDERUD – NOR
2. Jess MC MILLAN – USA
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.

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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.

ChamonixInsider.com Snow Forecast Compendium

Last significant snowfall end of February  😦

Jeremy Jones, Xavier de Le Rue on North Face of Tour Ronde

Welcome to Chamonix, Jeremy.

Chamonix Guiding Snow Report – 3 March

“Ok guys, this is an important security notice. Please, if you’re not coming skiing in the Alps this week, then don’t watch this clip. It’s just too painful, you don’t want to watch it.” -Seb Montaz, ChamonixGuiding.com

Thanks for the warning Seb but I’m saying that if you’re not coming skiing in the Alps next week then you must watch this clip. Because if you do you’re going to change whatever trivial plans you have scheduled (family, work, keynote speaker at World Bank summit) and book a ticket straight out here. This week Seb showcases two of the Insider’s fav-o-rite runs in Chamonix and watching the footy gives me an overwhelming urge to grab the skis and hit the door.

Can anyone tell me what that killer song in the background is? (I tried Shazam but came up empty – dumb application). If anyone knows, please hit me back in the comments.

ChamonixInsider.com Snow Forecast Compendium

My Work Is Better Than Your Vacation by Dan Milner

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.

So Not the Men’s Olympic Halfpipe Competition: Yes. Now Board 2010

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?!”

Lovin’ it.

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.

Olympic Athlete Outrage!

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.