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Line of the Winter - Leo Taillefer

post #1 of 22
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This is just nutz!  I would venture to say most US areas would pull this guy's pass for these antics, but it's impressive none the less.

 

The location is listed as Val d'Isere, Italy, but of course Val is in France.  The good stuff starts about 1:03.

post #2 of 22
Sorry, the guy is an asshole. Right over one guy's skis, no regard for other skiers.
post #3 of 22

I just kind of assume that they have his whole line scoped out ahead of time to ensure a clean run, and most of the people standing around know he's coming.

post #4 of 22

Considering the kickers built all along the line, and the fact that there were a couple guys he obviously knew at the end of it, it was a planned line. The chances of having that many skiers along any line all standing and none of them moving is so small it suggests that they were standing waiting. 

post #5 of 22

Also, the chances of seeing that many people on that particular line in a single run is pretty small.

post #6 of 22
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Originally Posted by freeski919 View Post
 

Considering the kickers built all along the line, and the fact that there were a couple guys he obviously knew at the end of it, it was a planned line. The chances of having that many skiers along any line all standing and none of them moving is so small it suggests that they were standing waiting. 

 

Yup.  Probably keeping it clear, telling anybody they see to hold up until he passed.

post #7 of 22

Fun clip.   Sasquatch at 201


Edited by Snowfan - 4/7/15 at 12:54pm
post #8 of 22
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Reminds me of the yeti on the Matterhorn coaster at Disneyland.

post #9 of 22

I'm not sure everyone was ready for him: how about the person lying in the snow and trying to get up at 1:56? 

post #10 of 22

The bunny is there to help the fallen hop back up

post #11 of 22

Man that first 2nd air is huge with a sketchy landing...

post #12 of 22
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I'm not sure everyone was ready for him: how about the person lying in the snow and trying to get up at 1:56? 

 

Most likely trying to add some "realism".... or perhaps one of the folks waiting for him really did fall. Either way, it really looks to be potentially inspired by the Candide Thovex "One of Those Days" videos.

post #13 of 22
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Man that first 2nd air is huge with a sketchy landing...

 

Spectacular, especially considering the landing.

post #14 of 22
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Man that first 2nd air is huge with a sketchy landing...

Yeah, I had to replay it a couple of times there to see that he was landing on bushes, not rocks.  Two totally blind takeoffs - I didn't see any spotters.

 

I skied Val in 2007, and can't place the tricky gorge in my mind.  Maybe he starts off the Daille lift, then past the Tommeuses into the Vallee Perdue?  It all looks like Espace Killy until the ditch.

post #15 of 22
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Originally Posted by freeski919 View Post
 

Considering the kickers built all along the line, and the fact that there were a couple guys he obviously knew at the end of it, it was a planned line. The chances of having that many skiers along any line all standing and none of them moving is so small it suggests that they were standing waiting. 


I'd think, given the danger of what he's doing, that those folks standing along his line are there to pick up the pieces should something go wrong.

post #16 of 22
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Yeah, I had to replay it a couple of times there to see that he was landing on bushes, not rocks.  Two totally blind takeoffs - I didn't see any spotters.

 

I skied Val in 2007, and can't place the tricky gorge in my mind.  Maybe he starts off the Daille lift, then past the Tommeuses into the Vallee Perdue?  It all looks like Espace Killy until the ditch.

 

According to the comments watching it on utoob..."This is the "Hidden Valley" in Val D'isere, France. Never seen anyone ride it at that speed before!"  and another mentioning it as Vallee Perdue.
 

post #17 of 22

More of Leo...seems Val D'Isere is his home hill.

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

Sorry, the guy is an asshole. Right over one guy's skis, no regard for other skiers.

 

Keep in mind this is Europe.  Important distinction.  Ever seen a lift line in France?  Also, pretty sure they knew he was coming and if you're just standing there in the middle of it, then that sort of thing happens.

 

Anyway, that was one crazy POV.

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by CerebralVortex View Post
 

Also, the chances of seeing that many people on that particular line in a single run is pretty small.

 

From the looks of it, even omitting the airtime and just looking at the prolonged, twisting keyhole that made of most of the line, how many people on this board could ski that? 2-3%? I couldn't.

 

I counted 15 people in that line (starting from the 2nd air). I just can't see that as anything other than staged.




Edit- to be clear, I'm not bringing that up to detract from the performance, which is amazing, but as a response to people thinking it is a dick move to blow by people like that.

I also think the yeti and the pink... thing also make it pretty clear the 15 people cluttering up a top shelf line are all there for the video.

Do staged videos like this sell that being a dick to others on the slopes is cool? I think there could be an argument there. But it is pretty hard to get mad at a guy skiing over someone else skis when the skis are there for that purpose.
Edited by anachronism - 4/23/15 at 5:50am
post #20 of 22

Rewatching the video, I just noticed that almost every skier on that line was looking uphill. No one in Europe bothers to check uphill before setting off anymore, so the fact that they're all looking uphill just makes me more convinced that they were all in on it.

post #21 of 22

Parts of the run looks like Piste Perdue. Hasn't skied it for twenty years so memory can serve me wrong.

Also think the bystanders are 'extras'. Otherwise it's just too nuts.

post #22 of 22
Planned or not, and it was, he can really ski.
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