Riding Chamonix Steeps in a Storm


A week or so ago, JP Auclair hooked up with Andreas Fransson and a couple other Chamonix troublemakers and went out for a little tour in a whiteout. If you’ve been to Chamonix, you know. But if you haven’t, well…this little town at the base of Mont Blanc is one of the few places that lives up to the hype. No matter how silly the scene can be, the mountains are always the mountains — big, wild, dangerous, ridiculously steep, and never to be taken lightly. Andreas, who is one of the most thoughtful of steep skiers, put their days together into words (see Ungraspable Perfection on the Aiguille du Midi), and JP just dropped an edit of footage shot on his GoPro.

He converted the capture to black and white and set it against Riders on the Storm — certainly not the first time a blizzard ski day has used this Doors classic as the soundtrack, but you haven’t heard this version before: It’s an orchestral masterpiece by the Ahn trio and it works flawlessly as JP and crew slide, skitter, rap over rocks, piss, duck from spindrift, and otherwise clock in for three classic Cham days. Because it’s all shot POV, it can be a little dizzying at times, but it’s worth it — for the sense it gives you of skiing there, of the stunning perspective looking down to town, and the nice chronicle of a sweet adventure.

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