Video: Watching Sam Favret ski through Mer de Glace makes me think that there probably aren't too many places in the world that are more fun to ski than the beautiful valley glacier. Located in the Mont-Blanc massif in the French Alps, there are all these narrow pathways to zip through with huge ice walls surrounding you, little mysterious ice caves to explore and makeshift ice halfpipes and ramps to pull tricks off of. Sure, crashing would hurt like hell, but the views are incredible.
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One reason a product ends up on crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter or Indiegogo is because companies, or investors, have deemed it too dangerous to bring to market. Wearing a wingsuit while skiing seems like it would make an already dangerous sport even riskier, but you can still pre-order one via Indiegogo.
Candide Thorvex is a professional French freestyle skier who's known for his creative approach to the sport. Creative in this instance meaning incredibly dangerous and jaw-droppingly awesome.
Video: I don't know how this is possible (though I am very thankful it is), but immediately after skiier Angel Collinson tumbled 300m down the side of an Alaskan mountain, she sat up and told everyone that she was going to walk back up the mountain to get her stuff. I mean, how badarse is that? After being put in the dangerous whirlwind free fall for what seemed like forever (the drop kept going and going and going), she just brushed it off like it was nothing. Incredible.
Video: Night skiing and night boarding usually requires some sort of light. But what if that light was a torch attached to the ski or snowboard? Then you'd get this fiery visual of a man on fire shredding the slopes. The white of the snowy mountain gets replaced with this hellish red and it looks more like a crazy tour in the underworld than the pristine slopes of Switzerland.
Video: When you first see where skier Aymar Navarro is trying to go, it doesn't quite register in your brain. Like, no, it couldn't be there. And then you look at the inevitability of his ski line at Cerro Torrecillas in the Andes and you're like holy crap, he's really going for it. It's like he's skiing into a funnel, that narrow gap in the ridge is his only way out. Which is both frightening and exhilarating to see because it happens so damn fast.
Video: It's an ad. And the video is heavily assisted with visual effects. But still. It's just fun as hell. You go in thinking, "oh yeah, there's not so much snow in Australia, so I could see why a guy would want to do this". Then you get wowed by the tricks and the stunts and start to realise what you're watching and begin to pretend you're not impressed (even though you still are and hope that you'll see some behind the scenes footage but enjoy yourself the entire time anyway). Or at least, that's just what happened to me.
Video: The slope is impossibly steep and the snow looks fresh and it looks like the craziest line a skier can run through but one misstep and things can go real bad, real fast. That's what happened to skier Ian McIntosh, who fell into a trench on one of his turns and then plummeted 500m in a free fall against the snowy side of the mountain. It's crazy. Somehow though, and thankfully, he survived.
Video: There have been other great alpine ski runs. More epic, difficult or far more dangerous, but this one, by the World Champion alpine skier Marcel Hirscher, is the prettiest and most colourful I've ever seen — and it's environmentally friendly. They claim they only used 100 per cent natural materials to make the colour effects.