Holy Batman these dudes are stout. This spring, mountain man and Black Diamond athlete Victor De Le Rue caught one last whiff of ski season after France came out of lockdown. De Le Rue called up his friend Pierre Hourticq to ski the north face of Taillon, a 3,144 meter tall peak in the range. After postponing their start from 3:30am to 6am due to weather, (another two hours of sleep? tragic!), the two set off to the summit. Combining skiing and split boarding with technical climbing to get to the top, the way down proved to be almost as tricky with variable snow conditions. After skiing the line, De Le Rue returned with his brother for another multisport day. After a splitboard approach, they climbed another of the Pyrenees’ peaks to finish out the season. We’re pretty sure even one day like this would kick our butts, let alone two in a row, so kudos to these guys!
Four years ago, Jackson Hole Mountain Resort invented what might be sickest contest in big-mountain skiing and snowboarding. Kings and Queens of Corbet's is the ultimate venue for progression from athletes in about as iconic a venue as possible. Last year, the competition shocked and awed everyone who tuned in online or saw the videos take over their social media feeds. History was made when the first female backflip into Corbet's was stomped by Veronica Paulsen, and the men's field once
Who's the first female skier that comes to mind when you think of someone charging down a mountain and stomping cliffs with utter resilience and poise? We think of the legendary Elyse Saugstad. As a veteran ski racer turned big mountain freerider, she garnered a reputation for fast, technical descents on high-consequence terrain. In 2008, the Alaska native won the Freeride World Tour, the most prestigious accolade in competitive freeskiing. The following year she won the FWT's "Best Female
Sam Smoothy is a tough skier to define. His long list of appearances in TGR films has cemented his reputation as a jack of all trades. In fact, we’d even go so far and say he’s pretty much a master of all things big-mountain skiing. Over the years, his career has taken him from his home in New Zealand to some of the biggest and most rugged mountains around the world, to Freeride World Tour podiums, and just about everything in between. Watching Smoothy move through the mountains,