Much of Vivian Bruchez’s career is based on first descents – yet every time he tags one, it seems to be more impressive than the last. We’ve seen him dance his way down couloirs many times, but his most recent line (shared with his good friend Paul Bonhomme) is a true beauty. It’s called Le Jardin Secret (the secret garden) and oh man, is it rowdy. Bonhomme scoped the line just a few days ago, and noticing it was in pristine condition, set out to nab the descent with Bruchez. Complex routefinding, some incredibly steep and exposed skiing, a 30m rappel, and a short climb into a different couloir make it one for the ages. Lucky for us, Bonhomme filmed the whole deal from his helmet cam.
Sometimes you just have to roll with the punches. 2019 was a pretty brutal year for Völkl's Sam Smoothy. A ski crash in Austria nearly killed him early in the season, and another later in the year sent him back to the hospital and questioning his career as a professional skier. Luckily, 2020 turned into a rebate year with an opportunity to get back into the flow of things during one of Jackson’s deepest storm cycles ever. We're stoked to have Smoothy back in the mountains with us, pushing the
Know what time of year it is, folks? That's right, it's Freeride World Tour time. Well, actually it's Freeride World Qualifier time, but that means it's almost Tour time. The first Qualifier event takes place in Hakuba Japan today. With better weather than they've seen the last couple of days and more snow than last year, we should see some incredible riding from the athletes. The rankings currently have Isaac Freeland and Arianna Tricomi in first for skiing and Nils Mindich and Marion Haerty
Coming from someone who lost half of her favorite pair of ski socks last night (Smartwool x Chris Bentchetler's, of course), I'm not really sure if there ever is a good time for matching socks. But there's definitely a time to break out of your every day routine and do or find or send something new. That's exactly what the Bunch was after with their new film. For them, it's easy to get into the routine of making ski films, so with this one they sought to break the mold, and boy did they.