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sick line 18 second mark of this vid -- Aurelien Ducroz

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Aurelien Ducroz. His line at 18 seconds of this vid is pretty much how i dream i could ski.
post #2 of 28
Dayum! Frenchy can ski! And not even on a pair of Bro's.
Oh well. From what I "saw" of his construction skillz I could totally leave him in the "dust" on the jobsite. I'd rather be able ski (and make a living) like that tho....
post #3 of 28
Man, it's like he's dancing down the mountain. Beautiful.

At the 2:15 mark, was that a Misty 720? Thrown in a competition? Ridiculous.
post #4 of 28
It just looked like a Lincoln . . . I think the angle was just weird . . .
post #5 of 28
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Originally Posted by 4cznskier View Post
Dayum! Frenchy can ski! And not even on a pair of Bro's.
Oh well. From what I "saw" of his construction skillz I could totally leave him in the "dust" on the jobsite. I'd rather be able ski (and make a living) like that tho....
Taken from Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_skiing

Extreme skiing is skiing performed on long, steep (typically from 45 to 60+ degrees, or grades of 100 to 170 percent) slopes in dangerous terrain. The sport is performed off-piste.
The French coined the term 'Le Ski Extreme' in the 1970s. The first practitioners include Bill Briggs, who descended Grand Teton on June 16, 1971, and Swiss skier Sylvain Saudan, who invented the "windshield wiper" turn in the mid-1960s and at some point later made the first filmed descents of slopes were previously considered impossible.[citation needed] The Frenchmen Patrick Vallencant and Anselme Baud were among those who further developed the art and brought notoriety to the sport in the 1970s and 1980s. Extreme skiing as an English term has changed since the 80's when the term "extreme skiing" was coined to now be classified under Big Mountain skiing and/or Freeskiing which encompasses all aspects and methods of descending off-piste terrain. Some North American skiers who popularized the sport include: Doug Coombs, Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Glen Plake, and Scot Schmidt.
Because of the extremely long, steep slopes, and dangerous terrain, single mistakes at the wrong moment by some extreme skiers have led to their deaths. This distinguishes true extreme skiing (in the French sense) from the spectacular and dangerous (but not usually deadly) derivatives encapsulated in the American English term.
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Aurelien Ducroz. His line at 18 seconds of this vid is pretty much how i dream i could ski.
Me too... I think I actually had almost that exact same dream the other night.....

That stuff seems easy when you are asleep.
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post #8 of 28
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Originally Posted by mattchuck2 View Post
It just looked like a Lincoln . . . I think the angle was just weird . . .
I dunno, I've watched it over and over numerous times, even paused it in mid-air, and I see a forward rotation. In one frame, he is upside down and pointed backwards, hence frontflip 360.
post #9 of 28
The guy has a new born baby and he skis like that? What an idiot. He'll end up dead or brain damaged and then we'll see how cool he is. And trust me, there's no way that guy makes his living skiing, especially since he never even places in the top 3. This cat has a rich daddy who supports him, period.
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Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
The guy has a new born baby and he skis like that? What an idiot. He'll end up dead or brain damaged and then we'll see how cool he is. And trust me, there's no way that guy makes his living skiing, especially since he never even places in the top 3. This cat has a rich daddy who supports him, period.
I dunno, the same could be said for lots of other professional skiers, climbers, race car drivers, even folks that wash windows for a living. My risk taking went way down when I got more family oriented, but it's kind of harsh to single out any one professional athlete with a family to support. So he's got a silver spoon and he spends the funds to support the sport of skiing.. What's your point there? He could spend it on drugs and alcohol. Or, he could spend it on charity. Or he could continue to support his family and skiing lifestyle

Anyway, like OP says, that was one cool run But, I don't wish I skied like that anymore. My kids might someday though
post #11 of 28
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And trust me, there's no way that guy makes his living skiing, especially since he never even places in the top 3.
And trust me, you really have no idea what you are talking about....

This video is from Aurelien's 3rd place finish at Mammoth last year. If I had the time to search I could pull up more top 3's from other comps. Aurelien is also a UIAGM certified guide.

post #12 of 28
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
And trust me, you really have no idea what you are talking about....
C'mon, Ty -- don't feed the troll.

Sic line indeed, though.
post #13 of 28
He barely eeked into 3rd in that one. Still, if you're not winning, you're not making the real money. So this guy is in it for the glory. If he cared about his family, he wouldn't be hurling himself into rock fields at 50 mph just to show people how rad he is. Guys like this are tools imo. He can ski, I won't take that away from him, but that doesn't make him a responsible parent, that's for sure.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
He barely eeked into 3rd in that one.
ohh look at this... http://www.freerideworldtour.com/en/...results_0-2089

Looks he finished 3rd overall on the entire tour last year.

And here's a 1st place from 2006 - http://www2.thenorthface.com/eu/news/news-20060406.html

alpinedad -- I normally don't feed trolls which is why I'm not bothering to respond to Chao's other comments in this thread. Just pointing out that he's flat out wrong when he states that Aurelien has never cracked a top 3 in these comps.
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
ohh look at this... http://www.freerideworldtour.com/en/...results_0-2089

Looks he finished 3rd overall on the entire tour last year.

alpinedad -- I normally don't feed trolls which is why I'm not bothering to respond to Chao's other comments in this thread. Just pointing out that he's flat out wrong when he states that Aurelien has never cracked a top 3 in these comps.
Henrik made some money last year, probably just enough to be able to support a family, and Aurelien probably made enough to afford comfortable travel from comp to comp. But either way, it's awfully hard to support your family if you're dead or brain damaged.
post #16 of 28
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Originally Posted by irafar View Post
Taken from Wikipedia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Extreme_skiing

Extreme skiing is skiing performed on long, steep (typically from 45 to 60+ degrees, or grades of 100 to 170 percent) slopes in dangerous terrain. The sport is performed off-piste.
The French coined the term 'Le Ski Extreme' in the 1970s. The first practitioners include Bill Briggs, who descended Grand Teton on June 16, 1971, and Swiss skier Sylvain Saudan, who invented the "windshield wiper" turn in the mid-1960s and at some point later made the first filmed descents of slopes were previously considered impossible.[citation needed] The Frenchmen Patrick Vallencant and Anselme Baud were among those who further developed the art and brought notoriety to the sport in the 1970s and 1980s. Extreme skiing as an English term has changed since the 80's when the term "extreme skiing" was coined to now be classified under Big Mountain skiing and/or Freeskiing which encompasses all aspects and methods of descending off-piste terrain. Some North American skiers who popularized the sport include: Doug Coombs, Shane McConkey, Seth Morrison, Glen Plake, and Scot Schmidt.
Because of the extremely long, steep slopes, and dangerous terrain, single mistakes at the wrong moment by some extreme skiers have led to their deaths. This distinguishes true extreme skiing (in the French sense) from the spectacular and dangerous (but not usually deadly) derivatives encapsulated in the American English term.
It's all good but I think you forget at least one Italian...
Toni Valeruz.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by Powder Puppy View Post

Abso-freakin'-lutely AWESOME!

(I think Chaos is just jealous)
post #18 of 28
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
Aurelien Ducroz. His line at 18 seconds of this vid is pretty much how i dream i could ski.
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Originally Posted by Powder Puppy View Post
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Originally Posted by Tyrone Shoelaces View Post
And trust me, you really have no idea what you are talking about....

This video is from Aurelien's 3rd place finish at Mammoth last year. If I had the time to search I could pull up more top 3's from other comps. Aurelien is also a UIAGM certified guide.

Wow.

He's one of those people who were just born to ride skis in big mountains. What an unbelievable talent.

Thanks for the links.
post #19 of 28
I don't know Chaos; it doesn't look all that dangerous to me. Just speaking about the chosen lines; I can't say much about the aerial acrobatics, but given sufficient practice that may prove within his limits too. I'm sure given his skill it's not as dangerous as say being a night clerk at a convenience store.

Nice line.
post #20 of 28
Ghost: I don't know Chaos; it doesn't look all that dangerous to me.

Please tell me you are kidding.
post #21 of 28
That was very impressive. I must say though that he charged slightly harder than I think I would ever want to. It looked as if he was on an edge that could easily be crossed with a rather serious injury at almost any time. Still amazing, just not my style.
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post #23 of 28
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Originally Posted by Nobody View Post
It's all good but I think you forget at least one Italian...
Toni Valeruz.
I just copy/pasted it from Wikipedia...
post #24 of 28
I like Aurelien's flailing arms that signify he's just about out of control. That's comp stature- pushing yourself. Agressivenes is actually a factor in your score, btw, non-competitors. Anyone can ski pow and look like they're laying on the fricking couch. (If you can't do that... you're the gaper we all tease.)

Aurelien is gaining stature in the circuit because he's modest and because he pushes himself. He admits he's there to win... but when he doesn't- he recognizes why and acknowledges how much he has to learn. The guy is a class-act. And, he'll be around for a very long time if he keeps that up.

Only a few riders carry their esteem during their mid-20's the way Aurelien does... and those that come to mind are: MAB, Hugo, Schmitty (no I'm not talking Scott... although he's class too), Peifer, Dav, Cummins, Smally, Deuter, McConkey, Olsson, PY, Big Red, and last but never-entering-this-list... Chaos.

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Originally Posted by Chaos View Post
Henrik made some money last year, probably just enough to be able to support a family, and Aurelien probably made enough to afford comfortable travel from comp to comp. But either way, it's awfully hard to support your family if you're dead or brain damaged.
Henrik has been competing for longer than you have been skiing. His cousins used to travel with him as his personal photog because they supported him... and, as an amateur, hiring a personal photog to follow your world tour is really fricking expensive.

Some people ski, chaos. (small c) It's in their blood. Literally. Saying it's hard to support your family if you're brain damaged is quite the shot to the heart.

*I am not feeding this troll as much as I am telling him to GTFO of here.

Your kind ain't welcome.

(I'm risking getting banned myself for a personal attack against an alias to state how fed up we are with this clown... ban him already.)
post #25 of 28
I'm looking forward to seeing vid of the Tram Face comp coming this season, hopefully Squaw will get suitably buried before then.

Oh, and I agree with Samurai, the troll Chaos is a waste of existence, not to mention bandwidth. He sadly can't stand the worthy to have attention, but rather desires it all to be paid to his sad "look at me" displays. This is my last mention of him. Ignore.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by samurai View Post
*I am not feeding this troll as much as I am telling him to GTFO of here.

Your kind ain't welcome.

(I'm risking getting banned myself for a personal attack against an alias to state how fed up we are with this clown... ban him already.)
I'll third this. He was mildly entertaining for a couple days. His 15 minutes are over.

About the video -- if that's skiing, I have no idea what the HECK it is that I do!! Amazing stuff.
post #27 of 28
I can ski just like him....about 60 sec in , Yes the rest is a dream.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by irafar View Post
I just copy/pasted it from Wikipedia...
N.P. Just sayin'

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