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No More Unedited GoPro Films Please…

 

Take some pride in your work.  Like this awesome edit that shows what’s possible with these amazing little sports cams…

 

Salomon Freeski TV S6E11 – Not another GoPro edit

 

Published on 26 Feb 2013

A new GoPro edit is uploaded to the internet every 3.57 seconds, but trust us when we tell you, this is not just another GoPro edit. Featuring the skiing of: Mark Abma, Kaj Zackrisson, Cody Townsend, Chris Rubens, Alexi Godbout, Mike Douglas, Tommy Ellingson, AJ Kemppainen, Vincent Gagnier, and more.

Music:
‘Forgotten’
by
Mattafix
Written by Marlon Roudette & Preetesh Hirji
Courtesy of Ol Media

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People Are Awesome…

Winter Sports…

Published on 20 Jan 2013

Song – Flight Facilities – Crave You [Adventure Club Remix]
https://soundcloud.com/adventureclubd…

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White Noise – FULL MOVIE!

XAVIER de Le Rue, considered by his peers as the best big mountain rider, reveals himself intimately and exposes his feeling about his life, reasons he keeps on getting the motivation to push his own limits and why snowboarding represent his reason to be.
Regular updates on facebook.com/xvdelerue
White Noise features Xavier de La Rue, Victor de La Rue, Samuel Anthamatten and Johan Jonsson as guest

WHITE NOISE – FULL Movie from TimeLine Films on Vimeo.

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JP Auclair Street Segment…

…from Sherpas Cinemas’ All.I.Can

 

Uploaded by  on Nov 29, 2011

Check the award-winning 70min film, “All.I.Can.” by Sherpas Cinema
iTunes Download HD: itunes.apple.com/us/movie/all.i.can.-by-sherpas-cinema/id470509338
Blu-ray and DVD: order from sherpascinema.com

Press reviews:
– “The best movie in skiing.” – Jamey Voss, ESPN es.pn/pPxkbQ
– “Like listening to a Zeppelin song.” – John Stifter, Powder Magazine: bit.ly/nl0JiT
– “The Sherpas are firmly in the lead of a new wave of filmmakers that are changing the face of ski films for good.” – Leslie Anthony, Skier Magazine: bit.ly/mVaYsy
– “Captivating. Fascinating. Life Changing.” – Todd Heath, BombSnow Magazine.

All.I.Can Awards:
“BEST FEATURE-LENGTH MOUNTAIN FILM” – Banff Mountain Film Festival 2011
“BEST DOCUMENTARY” – IF3 Film Festival Montreal 2011
“MOST INNOVATIVE VISUAL FX” – IF3 Film Festival Montreal 2011
“BEST SKI FILM” – Adventure Film Festival, Boulder 2011
“BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY” – ESPN Fan Favorites

This segment directed by Dave Mossop & JP Auclair
Location: Trail, Rossland, and Nelson, BC.
Notice anything at 0:44?

Music: Dance Yrself Clean, by LCD Soundsystem.

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Bike, Board, Surf, Ski, Skate…

If you’ve got half an hour to kill, do yourself a favour – make a cuppa or crack open a Heineken 😉 kick back and watch this pretty cool edit of a few guys that definitely look like they’re loving the ride in what looks like an amazing country of amazing contrasts…

From capsusfilms.com :

“What you are going to see is not a film about sporting performances, but the story of a journey made by friends, passionate about sport, during three weeks in a destination unknown to them: Chile.

Ce que vous allez découvrir n’est pas un film d’exploits sportifs, mais le récit d’un voyage de passionnés durant 3 semaines, dans une destination qui leur était inconnue : Le Chili

Chorus – The Movie  (Full Edit)

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http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chorus/127005390714178   http://www.capsusfilms.com/

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Skiing With The Wolves…

Another trailer (well teaser) for what looks like a well made skiing movie.  Some awesome scenery and some amazing wildlife…oh and some pretty good skiing too 😉

Quiksilver Presents Candide Thovex’s first feature-length film FEW WORDS;

This long anticipated movie has finally become a reality for Candide Thovex , while we take a look back at his youth and early days skiing Candide shows you what it took to get to this point in his career, winning X-games gold’s and breaking his back before winning the free-ride world tour. Now embarking on a mission spending 2 winters and summers filming and traveling over the world to get the best conditions possible Matt Pain and crew have captured Candide in his element and the stunning nature surrounding.

Few Words will Premier in October in Paris with a world tour to follow in a city near you.

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Mountain Poison…

Ski Wax: Extra Speed Could Carry More than Just a Steep Price Tag

Fluorinated ski waxes give competitors an extra edge. But these waxes contain and release chemicals that do not degrade in the environment and have been found in people, fish and wildlife around the world.

By Brendon Bosworth, 2-14-11

The difference: The left ski is treated with basic hydrocarbon wax, while the right one has a high fluorinated wax that makes the water bead up. But what else is it doing to people, the snowpack and, ultimately, water supplies?
The difference: The left ski is treated with basic hydrocarbon wax, while the right one has a high fluorinated wax that makes the water bead up. But what else is it doing to people, the snowpack and, ultimately, water supplies?

 

All ski waxes are not created equal. Seasoned competitors know it’s unlikely a standard block of wax will suffice when it comes to reaching the velocity needed to win professional events. Fluorinated waxes, which come as blocks or powders, help speed demons get their fixes. But the synthetic compounds that give these products their water-repellant qualities remain under investigation for their potential health effects.

Like many nonstick pans, “fluoro” waxes contain perfluorocarbons or PFCs. To help shave more seconds off the clock, some have Teflon mixed in. Some of the chemicals in the PFC family, such as PFOA(perfluorooctanoic acid), which is used to manufacture Teflon and Gore-Tex, are practically immortal. PFOA does not biodegrade. Instead, it endures in the environment and has been found in fish, birds, wildlife and people around the world, even in Arctic polar bears.

People are most likely exposed to PFCs through drinking tainted water, eating contaminated food or using PFC-containing products, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In a study on more than 2,000 participants, the CDC found PFCs in nearly all those tested.

Research into the possible human health effects of PFOA exposure is ongoing. But tests on lab animals have linked exposure to high levels of PFCs with changes in hormone levels, liver damage, cancer and birth defects.

“Studies of exposure to PFOA and adverse health outcomes in humans are inconclusive at present,” according to the Environmental Protection Agency. However, after reviewing the EPA’s 2005 draft assessment of the human health effects of PFOA, 75 percent of the organization’s Science Advisory Board felt it should be labeled as “likely to be carcinogenic to humans.”

Even though the impacts of the compound are still being evaluated, the EPA has introduced a PFOA Stewardship Program, aimed at eliminating industry emissions of PFOA and its precursor chemicals by 2015.

European Studies Focus on Professional Ski Wax Technicians

Last year, two European studies highlighted that PFCs build up within professional ski wax technicians who spend their workdays prepping skis for national competitors. Operating in close quarters, often with inadequate ventilation, the technicians inhaled fumes released when melting waxes with hot irons, as well as tiny particles of wax dust.

Norwegian study assessed 13 technicians working the 2008 and 2009 World Cup seasons. The researchers found they had roughly 10 to 40 times higher median concentrations of certain perfluorochemicals, also found in the workroom air, in their serum than the general population. PFOA was found at the highest concentrations: 25 times above regular background levels.

Dr. Baard Freberg, based at Norway’s National Institute of Occupational Health and team medical doctor for Norway’s national biathlon teams, was lead author of this study.

He began a pilot study in 2006 after waxers complained about asthma-like symptoms, itching skin, eye irritation, fever, headaches and vomiting, even though they’d started using full-face respirators as he’d instructed in 2001. “The waxers had become suspicious about some new powders [they were using],” he said via email.

Swedish study focused on eight technicians from the U.S. and Swedish national cross-country teams. The results suggest that technicians could be producing PFOA in their blood, after breathing in a fluorotelomer alcohol (8:2 FTOH). The alcohol is released during the waxing process and was found in concentrations up to 800 times higher that PFOA in air samples taken from waxing cabins. 8:2 FTOH is a known as a “precursor compound” since it can break down to form PFOA. This transformation has been shown to occur in rats.

In their previous study the researchers found higher PFC levels in technicians who’d been in the business for longer than newer recruits.

Should Self-Waxers be Concerned?

The technicians in the Swedish study spent 30 hours a week melting, spreading and scraping fluorinated wax in cloistered conditions. The average skier or snowboarder, tuning their equipment every few weeks before a weekend session, comes nowhere near that type of exposure. But fluoro waxes should still be handled with care.

“We have maintained for years now that people who work with perfluorocarbons should wear a mask and it is not a bad idea to use a mask when hot waxing in general if the room is not well ventilated,” said Ian Harvey, brand manager for Toko wax company, via email. “I recommend a full face mask as they are more comfortable and also keep the eyes clean of dust from waxing.”

On its website, Swix, a large international producer of ski wax,emphasizes that fluorocarbon waxes can release poisonous gases if heated above 570 degrees and should not be exposed to open flames.

Freberg recommends using respirators, even if not dealing with fluorinated waxes, to prevent inhalation of nano sized particles of wax dust. He also advises against eating and smoking inside waxing areas.

Natural Alternatives

Most standard waxes are made from petroleum or paraffin, byproducts of crude oil. Some incorporate other “slip agents” besides PFCs, such as graphite, molybdenum and silicone. On every run down the slopes, bits of wax flake off skis and snowboards, building up in the snowpack, eventually working their way into runoff when snow melts.

“A lot of people say, well, it’s just a little bit, it’s not that much, but over the years it can build up,” says Greg Barker, CEO of Nevada-based Enviro Mountain Sports, which makes natural waxes.

The U.S. ski industry recorded close to 60 million visits over the 2009-2010 season. Barker estimates that each skier or boarder deposits about three-quarters of an ounce of wax during a typical visit. That amounts to potentially 2.8 million pounds of wax entering mountain snow across the country each year, using these figures.

“Think about the snow under the lift line: Reach down there and take a cup of that snow and melt it – do you want to drink that?” he says.

Scott Sparks, owner of Colorado-based Purl Wax, which produces a natural wax, Ice 9, does not deny that fluoro waxes are incredibly fast when properly matched to the snow conditions. But, like Barker, he’s concerned about their long-lived compounds entering water streams.

“While an argument could be made that fluoro based waxes are a necessary evil for the ski racing world, the large majority of wax is used on rental fleets. There is absolutely no reason to use fluorinated waxes on rental fleets,” Sparks said in an email.

According to Sparks, Ice 9 contains none of the ingredients found in traditional wax. It is made from natural compounds that have similar ultra-hydrophobic (water repellant) properties to the synthetic ones found in fluoro waxes. These are nontoxic, biodegradable and renewable, he said.

Enviro Mountain Sports uses hydrogenated plant and vegetable oils to make their wax. They initially used soy as a base ingredient, but this did not work well across a broad enough temperature range, Barker explains.

Likewise, Purl does not use soy oil because it is not durable enough, said Sparks.

Barker is so confident in the harmlessness of his company’s wax that he says he’d eat a bite of it. He has fried an egg in melted oil from the wax and eaten it, he says.

 

Original Article;

http://www.newwest.net/snow_blog/article/ski_wax_extra_speed_could_carry_more_than_just_a_steep_price_tag/C458/L41/

 

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60’s Style…mais pas le Français

Puy-Saint-Vincent

One of the benefits of the Serre Chevalier Season Pass is you get a total of 15 days (!) of skiing in all most of the other local stations (with the gaping omission of La Grave) so today we had a family day out at Puy-Saint-Vincent.

You have to drive about a 30min from Briancon to get to the village of Puy-Saint-Vincant 1800 and as soon as you’re driving up the mountain to the resort you can’t help but notice the huge hotel/commercial centre that dominates the station.  I can just imagine the developers in the 1960s with their scale models and stories to the banks of a ‘cruise ship’ in the mountains with all the ‘modern’ amenities anyone could ask for – cinema, 2-seat chair lifts, indoor shopping area etc.

The village has a decidedly non-French vibe about it which feels odd at first but then when you look at all the coaches in the car park with Hungarian & Czech licence plates you realise this place has been left behind and you’ve stepped into a little Alpine slice of Eastern Europe – it’s all a bit clunky.  Luckily – we like clunky  😉

This is a place you should visit for a day or two if you’re in the area;

There’s 1000m of vertical so you can do some decent runs.   The resort is situated on a north face so the snow is awesome.  The old-skool lifts add some wonky character to the place and there’s un-groomed black runs up the top.  For the kids there’s a little sledge run & a playground and the whole place feels generally chilled.  So Puy-Saint-Vincent get’s a Big Hairy Rider Thumbs Up!

                                                            

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Silly Sundays…

 

If you want your snowboard waxed or want to know how to wax it check this page

 

…but if you want to see how it should be done you should probably watch this 😉

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