Got a DVD of Dick Barrymore's "The Last of the Ski Bums" from Netflix. Highly entertaining, campy and thoughtful in a philosophical way like a lot of stuff from the 60's.
There's a cool section in the middle where the 3 bums take the cable car to the top of the Aiguille du Midi, and then ski the 20km Vallée Blanche back down to Chamonix (with a 3 mile hike at the end) with some area guides on their day off. They do this in short leather boots, and there's a quick shot before they head down showing them strapping in with what look like long strips of 1/2" or so wide leather! OK, they're not dropping into any 50 degree couloirs, but still, they're most definitely off piste, and enjoying a ripping run! And they looked pretty damn comfortable and spry in those boots during the hike at the end. ( Apparently no one turned an ankle. ;-)
Anyway, great stoke for a nearly 100 degree midsummer day! Hope to get over there someday and experience all that beauty in person!