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  1. #76
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alvaro View Post
    Nothing to see here, just a bunch of couch potatoes hating on a world class skier doing his art
    His skiing is awesome. Noone is arguing that. But he changed his art from his skiing to something else.

    Another thing to consider. How was he going to get back up if he couldn't reach the ski. Rapelling on the two sticks is a bit different from climbing back up on them, especially if he didn't have an ascender of some sort. Of course, they knew where the ski was because they had the drone that could have (and probably did) check out the line first.
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  2. #77
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    and sounded like the plan was to rap that choke in the first place
    I didn't believe in reincarnation when I was your age either.

  3. #78
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    Who was flying that drone in the first place? What happened with his splitboard partner? Did he actually rap on the sticks or is there a fixed rap station? Is he developing his video CV for doing movie professional stunt work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peruvian View Post
    Holy Shit. I nearly wet myself just watching this.
    what, you've never skied Master Magician before?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ml242 View Post
    what, you've never skied Master Magician before?
    I usually just flash past the joeys that loose their skis up there because I don’t want to leave the camera man waiting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alvaro View Post
    Nothing to see here, just a bunch of couch potatoes hating on a world class skier doing his art

    Amazingly, or not—I've never even heard of him.

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    Gripped in a cooley

    I’d drop into that line any day over the video of Mntlion in Banff.

    I actually wouldn’t do either. But just saying. That line doesn’t scare me as much as that shit he did.

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    some new ones out, with a different feel. still some 'decisions'


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    Quote Originally Posted by neufox47 View Post
    I’d drop into that line any day over the video of Mntlion in Banff.
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    You mean that billy goatin' video from a few year's ago? Vague memory is vague, but that was sick.

  10. #85
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    Caught in an avalanche
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  11. #86
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    Nikolai is in Stomping Grounds. Haven't seen it yet
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    Geez, there's a lot to take in.

    First of all, he's obviously a highly intelligent and talented person. Unbelievable skier too, and driven to push himself far. I'm guessing he'll dial it back as he ages and his relationship with his missus deepens, but he's very clearly a risk taker.

    I know that he makes some questionable decisions, but after 2 1/2 years of everybody panicking about everything, and the western world generally smothered by safetyism, I found the style of it quite liberating. Also very nice that it's not all bro brah chest thumping, but letting your skiing do the talking.

    Would love to see a Heitz/Anthamatten/Schirmer colab.

    Lastly, how fcuken beautiful is Norway!

  13. #88
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    some funny parts in this one. and some beautiful terrain and riding
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  14. #89
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrueNorth View Post
    I can't believe they went up planning to use those sticks as an anchor.

    I could see using them as an improvised emergency anchor, in an unexpected situation, but since they thought ahead enough to bring an anchor, why not bring a better one?

    Also, who just drops into a couloir like that without testing the snow?
    I’ve done similar raps on sleeping bag stuff sacks and other random shit. Low angle rap with minimum load on the anchor. Not a big deal. Climbing out wouldn’t be issue either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by powdork View Post
    some funny parts in this one. and some beautiful terrain and riding
    I finally got around to watching--sick sick sick! Niko's speed on those big steep lines is mindbending. Beautiful cinematography too.

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    He's come a long way since the gripped in a cooley video. Of the three video series we watch I think these are my favorite.
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    Yeah I'm loving his channel. The Gripped in a Cooley was a little much, but seems like he has matured a bit since then. Doesn't hurt that he shreds.

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    The quality of the filming, editing, and scenery is high.

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    He's definitely matured a lot the last few years. I've noticed a lot more talk about snow safety and decision making in his videos recently, whereas before they were solely about skiing big lines fast, with little talk of safety.

    Or maybe his sponsors stepped in and asked him to set a better example. Either way, he's consistently putting out some of the best ski content on the internet.

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    I made fun of his Cooley video, but I've also become a huge fan of his stuff. Sick skiing and always a well thought out story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kathleenturneroverdrive View Post
    I made fun of his Cooley video, but I've also become a huge fan of his stuff. Sick skiing and always a well thought out story.
    Yep. I've been really impressed the last year. Fucking incredible skiing on unlocked pins too! I wish I was that smooth. Or half that smooth even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John_B View Post
    Yep. I've been really impressed the last year. Fucking incredible skiing on unlocked pins too! I wish I was that smooth. Or half that smooth even.
    I saw his gear video where he said he skis toes unlocked... but he did mention that there were a few times he locked them, and I think this run was one of them.

    Impressive that he does it most of the time, either way.

    And I agree he has matured but I still find his risk tolerance to be 1 or 2 orders of magnitude higher than mine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shorty_J View Post
    And I agree he has matured but I still find his risk tolerance to be 1 or 2 orders of magnitude higher than mine.

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    Oh yeah, I 100% agree. But if someone of my risk tolerance had a YouTube channel they'd be in close competition with videos of watching paint dry.

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    Goddamn Nicolai, YGD.


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