Turning a Chamonix Glacier into a Mind-Altering Terrain Park

Local knowledge helps when navigating the Sea of Ice—and then some. Watch Sam Favret get down.

Chamonix, France, is home to some of the world’s most unforgiving terrain. Long a proving ground for skiers and mountaineers alike, it attracts the world’s best mountain athletes, who want to test themselves against the remarkably accessible, incredibly technical mountains. But what of the kids who grow up among these rugged mountains?

Sam Favret, a Chamonix local, comes from a long line–three generations–of mountain guides. In a new film from PVS Company, he and his friends explore their home mountains, testing themselves against the accomplishments of those who came before them. This short excerpt from the 45-minute film shows Favret skiing through ice caves on one of Chamonix’s many glaciers. The otherworldy terrain is made more mind-bending by Favret’s ease and natural style skiing 30-foot ice walls and narrow chutes through tunnels of solid blue ice.

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