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[ Thu, 2010-03-18 20:56 ]
This helmet camera footage shows a ski flyer—someone with skis and a parachute—literally soar from the top of Chamonix's 12,600-foot Aiguille du Midi, over an avalanche, to the valley floor. You're going to want to watch this—trust us.

This helmet camera footage shows a ski flyer—someone with skis and a parachute—literally soar from the top of Chamonix's 12,600-foot Aiguille du Midi, over an avalanche, to the valley floor. You're going to want to watch this—trust us.

On Skiing: A Vanishing Sport

A parent’s most valuable gift might be bridging the past to the future. What if that bridge melts away?

In April of 1983, with my buddy Stan Tener of the Snowmass ski patrol and photographer Del Mulkey, I skied the Haute Route from Chamonix toward Zermatt. For five days, we climbed steep couloirs, traversed high cols, and skinned up and cruised down long, undulating glaciers—60 miles of frozen highway. We did it on “pins.” In those days, this meant three-pin bindings, narrow “norpine” skis and leather telemark boots.

A Tour Around Chamonix

James gives his guide to where to go and what to do when you're in France's first ski resort. He takes in the sights, the bars, the shops and the snow to bring you a taste of Chamonix Mont Blanc.

The Nissan Outdoor Games by Columbia Reveal Jury Members

News

Festival to have film and competition aspects February 14-17.

Chamonix, France

The typical Chamonix day? There isn't just one. Chamonix's appeal is anything but North American in style.

Set at the foot of Mont Blanc, Europe's highest peak, Chamonix was once a quiet French provincial farming village rich only in its surrounding landscape. These days it's a bustling mini-city that attracts ski bums, rock rats and adrenaline junkies the way Hollywood attracts aspiring stars.

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