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Well, Everybody... What do you think?

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Frightening, kid is good, very good, Candide Thovex genre.."One of these days guy" But those narrow couloirs, he knew where he was going like clockwork, though one mistake, there were a lot of people on that line..potential for major mishap high! Exhilarating regardless, super high skilled skiing

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DIrect link to video.

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Looks like La Piste Perdue in Val d'isere. Was a long time ago since I was there so I don't really remember what it looked like where we enetered it.

The bystanders must be 'extras', otherwise it's just too nuts.

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Without criticizing the skiing, which is obviously fabulous, keep in mind that the very wide angle lens on a Go Pro makes everything at any kind of a distance look smaller, which means the chutes look narrower than they really are, which is still plenty narrow. If you watch closely as a reaches a particular spot the walls of the chute spread apart. The question now is--what are Taillefer and Thovex going to do for an encore? And the guy who does it on XC skis whose video I saw a few days ago. 

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OldG - looks like all the people on the trail were straw men and spotters - this was staged but the skiing is tremendous, and this was identified in the thread SibH points out above.

 

Hidden/Lost/Perdu Vallon is all over YouTube, we did not do it, could have been major avalanche danger, as that area like Grand Vallon is highly prone to slides, and looking at the trail it could have just been closed when we were there couple of weeks ago...that tunnel in one spot, most videos show folks dismounting from their ride, i.e. boards or skis and going down head first or feet first riding their boards as sleds or skis in their hands as the opening is very narrow, exciting but I would NOT want to do that...Am claustrophobic, so never went cave diving, when I used to dive :dunno, (that acitivty is a no-go for moi now) and do not like tunnels on foot and so personally. It's a fun trail clearly, but am not a fan of those canyon walls in so close...would not do it, and now that I know, forget it...

 

And yes, saw tha cross-country ski dude, another nut job..and he made me laugh..

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I plan to use monkey warning calls from now on after seeing this.

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This is like the run Travis Rice and Cody Townsend did last season, maybe even tougher at these speeds.  My overwhelming feeling is that this skier has no more than 10 such runs, probably just half that, to do before his time is up and becomes a statistic.  I love all the elements that make it exciting: speed, steepness, air, precision.  But I shudder at the thought of combining them so completely.  Just look at the number of the world's top (subjectively judged, of course) fifty extreme skiers who died this season, I think it was at least five!   

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That is a sobering statistic, 10% fatality rate is ridiculously high...those odds are definitely not good when one's life is what one is 'staking' on the bet.

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Death aside, look at serious injuries these guys go through. Candide broke his back yet he is still skiing at the level he does. I don't think anyone here can really understand the mentality that it takes to do these kinds of lines.
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I plan to use monkey warning calls from now on after seeing this.

lol I thiught the same thing. It kind of makes saying "passing-left" seem pretty tame!
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That is a sobering statistic, 10% fatality rate is ridiculously high...those odds are definitely not good when one's life is what one is 'staking' on the bet.

Just for perspective, the mortality rate for being president of the united states is 18%. (Of course of the 4 presidents who died of disease, 3 would likely have recovered with modern medicine, and one of the assassinated presidents would have surely recovered. Up until this year I would have said the secret service was better at protecting the president than back in the day, but now I'm not so sure.)

 

Videos like Taillefer's are spectacular, and yes I know the bystanders were posed, and the kickers didn't just build themselves. The speed is probably not as high as it looks, although I'm sure it was still plenty fast. Riding a roller coaster with the structure going by you very close gives a strong sensation of speed; try riding a roller coaster looking off in the distance and it feels almost like riding a car. Of course why would you waste your money doing that? The walls and the snow going by at close range exaggerate the impression of speed in the video. While skiing like this is certainly not without risk, skiing on firm, extremely steep high alpine faces and couloirs, while not nearly as spectacular to watch, given the controlled speed and cautious technique, means death if the skier loses an edge and is far more dangerous I think. 

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