‘Like Breathing’: Snowboarder Rides Extreme in Chamonix

In ‘Frozen Mind,’ world-class snowboarder Victor de Le Rue pushes the limits of his sport in Chamonix, France.

The short film starts with sweeping views of ice-covered slopes of Chamonix. Then a rider enters the frame, and a burst of powder floats and hangs in the air. The rider, pro boarder Victor Le Rue, carves left.

“Your trajectory is boundless, you fly over the snow,” the narrator reads as Le Rue leans into powder in sweeping slow-mo. Le Rue is shredding the slopes like he has been for years. But this time, his brother — the narrator — is riding with him.

They start at the very top of a peak, then ski over a spine and down a line with 1,200 m of vertical drop. It’s cold, chilling, epic. There are big drops and wide traverses.

The 30-minute film has everything you could want: extensive peaks, POV skiing, and the excitement of camaraderie, all wrapped up in a powdery winter sheen.

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Mary Murphy
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Mary is based in Denver, Colorado, but frequently travels abroad. Her outdoor interests span from climbing to landscape photography to pack-paddleboarding. If she's not writing, you can most likely find her at the top of a fourteener, or in a local bakery.

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