Winter Sports

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.

Written by Marlon Roudette & Preetesh Hirji
Courtesy of Ol Media

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Paper Shredder…

A Stop Animation Snowboard Film
Created By: Paul & Stephen Gemignani

One snowboard shredders adventure in an unusual setting.

The Filming Process:
We started with actual sequence photos of Paul riding (taken by his brother Stephen). Then we printed each frame of the sequences on paper and cut out the rider from each one, which we used to re-create the sequences with different backdrops, creating the stop animation effect used in the video – a very SLOW process. It was challenging at times, but it came together in the end. We hope you like the film.


Pre-Production Hours……………..48
Production Hours………………….152
Post Production (Photos)………..19
Post Production (Editing)………..27

246 Hours

Photos Taken:

Video’s Created:

Creating Something With My Brother:
– Priceless –

Go to the source link  and give these guys some props!

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One Word…Inspirational…

This is something else…get ready to be inspired…!

Salomon Freeski TV S5 E05 The Freedom Chair

Uploaded on Nov 7, 2011

On March 8, 2004 aspiring freeskier and coach, Josh Dueck, awoke from a ski crash to realize life would never be the same. Paralyzed from the waist down, josh made a decision to make the best of a horrible situation. The result is one of the most inspiring stories we’ve ever seen.

The full-length documentary film can be seen at a film festival near you, or can be downloaded in the latest Salomon Digital Magazine for iPad here

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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 :

“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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Going Out With a Bang…



The winter season is coming to an end in Serre Chevalier but no one has told Mother Nature that.  More snow last night & this morning with a freezing level of about 1500m so there was even snow on the cars when we woke up.

Was on the first lift this morning and was glad I had my proper winter jacket on – it was pretty cold up on the Col de la Ricelle with a fairly strong easterly wind blowing snow into your face.  But once you dropped down off the ridge and got out of the wind there was plenty of fun to be had even if visibility was a down to about 20m at times.

The cloud did eventually thin slightly and the snow was even better on the Prorel side so we did a couple of runs over there before coming all the way back down to Chantemerle on the (un-groomed-is-it-open-is-it-closed) Luc Alphand black run – which was hard work but still fun in a challenging kind of way.

More snow forecast for the rest of this week.  The Serre Che lifts are closing for the season on Sunday but we still have passes for Montgenevre which I believe is open another week and then it will be a couple of days over at Les Deux Alpes the following week and that will be the season done & dusted.


Here are the best of the snaps from this morning;









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Three Months Until the Mega…

For all you guys & girls doing the Megavalanche this year;  Get Up & Get Training!
…Only three months to go 🙂
I can’t make it this year but will be there in 2013 (and already excited about it!)
Going to be doing the Maxiavalanche in Cervinia, Italy though, and that’s even sooner than
the Mega…!
Check out  for a wealth of videos, news, websites, wikis
and loads more info

Source: via Felix on Pinterest

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Light Rider…

Watching this film kinda gives me the feeling I get every time I ride my snowboard, that is some accomplishment!!

Really good little film.  Check it out;

(For some reason the media wont embed properly so click the link below to watch from original source)


L.E.D Surfer by Jacob Sutton

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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.


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60’s Style…mais pas le Français


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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Pics From This Week…

top of Yret lift, just below Pic de l'Yret, 2830m

Well, we did get some snow in the end on Friday night.  Nothing to write home about I guess this counts as writing home so scratch that!  Anyway – there was about 5cm on top of the car Saturday morning so was on the first lift (Grand Alpe bubble, Chantemerle) at 9h00 for a couple of runs and to put down some fresh tracks.

There was probably 8-10cm of fresh up at the top but with a strong wind coming from the west so you could find some deep stuff where the wind had blown it into gullies and couloirs.

Only had time to do a couple of runs but covered about 17km of the mountain – and worked up an appetite for a good breakfast 😉

Here are some phone photos from this week..

Clockwise from top-left;

Top of Grand Serre lift > Saturday morning > First lift (Grand Alpe bubble) > Top of Orée du Bois lift

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