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Video: Insanely Steep Skiing in Chamonix with Nikolai Schirmer and Friends

Nikolai Schirmer is no slouch when it comes to skiing the steeps, but Chamonix's steeps aren't your average double black diamond. Ropes are mandatory for many lines, and an ill-timed fall could easily spell serious injury or worse. Even expert skiers often hire the region's famed mountain guides to shepherd them through what some consider the world's gnarliest terrain. Luckily for Nikolai, he didn't have to pay for guides, instead enlisting the aid of experienced Chamonix shredders Flo Bastien and Jacob Wester.

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Conditions weren't ideal for much of Nikolai's time in Chamonix, but he made it work nonetheless. Props to him for skiing some of the gnarliest lines we've seen go down this year, and even bigger props for putting it on YouTube so we can live vicariously instead of doing it ourselves.

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Throwback: Sammy Carlson Spinning Switch Off a Ski-Flying Jump
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Throwback: Sammy Carlson Spinning Switch Off a Ski-Flying Jump

Throwback: Sammy Carlson Spinning Switch Off a Ski-Flying Jump

How many of us have watched ski jumping in the Olympics and thought about how cool it would be to see freestylers hit that same jump? Probably a good few, at least. Luckily for us, there's no need to use our imaginations—Sammy Carlson did it back in 2015 while filming with TGR for . RELATED: Join TGR and Sierra Nevada This Week in Jackson Sammy successfully spun a few tricks off the jump, including a switch 540, before getting bucked on a 720 and nearly flying

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Video: ‘The Kook’ Tackles Skiing Beyond Snow
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Video: ‘The Kook’ Tackles Skiing Beyond Snow

Video: ‘The Kook’ Tackles Skiing Beyond Snow

It's rare that we see a completely novel, thought-provoking piece of media in the ski world. In fact, most ski films are the opposite of thought-provoking, unless you count "Damn, that was a big cliff" as an insightful thought. The closest many flicks get to "deep" is an ironic or unintentionally-ironic nature shot paired with a voiceover quote about the "call of the mountains" or the "importance of protecting our environment" or "how humbling it is to be so small in such a huge landscape."

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Video: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Legendary Alta Ski Patrol
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Video: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Legendary Alta Ski Patrol

Video: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Legendary Alta Ski Patrol

Since its founding in 1941, Alta's Ski Patrol has become one of the foremost avalanche safety departments in the industry. The organization was the first in North America to use howitzers in avalanche mitigation, and was home to the continent's first avalanche dog. Considering that dogs and explosives are two of the coolest parts of being a ski patroller, those are pretty solid claims to fame, at least in our opinion. RELATED: Join TGR and Sierra Nevada This Week in Jackson Take a