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It’s Now June, and The French Are Still Skiing HUGE Lines in Chamonix

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I just fell in love with her shapes at first sight on saturday. In between rocks & ice it looked like one of those salty and sweet lines so I had to ski it on Sunday Here is one of our last journey with @vivianbruchez and @mathis_dumas in the Contamine Negri, #montblanc du Tacul. We climbed up in the couloir to see if the conditions were okay and the snow was perfect with a good grip. So after a quick rappel on a dry lunule it was the time to realize the smallest turn we can make... it was a good challenge . @insta360 @casilianband Cheers Hugo #saltyandsweet #home #rideforEstelle #chamonixmontblanc #betterwithaltitude #livethemoment #iskiedtoday #futurelight #livetoplayanotherday #neverstopexploring #MyOutdoors #teamvibram #freeride #mountains #skiing #quarantine #steepskiing

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It seems like all that quarantine stay-at-home training got a select crew of Chamoniards into the best shape of their lives. With normal ski season long gone, the likes of Leo Slemett, Pica Herry, Vivian Bruchez, and countless other local guides and athletes are still getting after it in the Mont Blanc massif. That means massive slogs from the valley floor into zones like the famous Argentiere Basin, Tof Henry taking up the art of speedflying, or finding new first descents on Mont Blanc itself.

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