The video is in French but it will still be interesting to anyone who wants to understand the off-piste skiing potential of Val d'Isere - one of the best resorts in the world for freeriders (yes, I'm biased).
The skiing images are pretty cool but the impressive sutff these guys really did is the number of runs they made. They've started from the extreme East part of the domain (Glacier de Pissaillas) and ended up in the West part in one of the smaller and lower villages of Tignes called les Brévières.
In the process, they did 15 runs and 10,000m. (And 800m uphill by the way.)
Now, we're not talking about 10,000m of hills, right? These include 40°+ couloirs with pretty impressive slopes. I haven't done all these runs but most of them and I'd be calling it a good day completing 4 or 5. So I sympathize with how tired they must have been at the end. Impressive stuff!
When we look back at action sport videos in a few years, there'll be a before and after GoPro cameras. This is not the only one but here again is an impressive medley made with the growingly famous little camera.
This year, I'm sadly parting from my 2003 (!) Dynastar Legend 8000 that have proven unbelievable skis with exceptionnal longevity. While they were still decent in powder (in spite of their roughly estimated 400 days out), it was no longer possible to even finish a run on dense groomed snow: they just had become too soft.
After having been recommended Black Crows by a guide I skied with over the last Christmas break (Fred Buttard in Val d'Isere - a great guide), I tried several alternatives including the Black Crow Orb but the Camox are such a pleasure to turn and ride that this was a no-brainer.
I've never tried Telemark Skiing. But this clip is good at showing why this is appealing. Most of it are images and music but there are some testimonials in French too: my bet is that even the non-French speaking will feel the sense of cool flegmatic enjoyment they convey. Enjoy!
(Thanks to Stephane for the suggestion; and sorry I took my time reviewing it!)