Trees at Speed: Candide Thovex Goes Full Send Into Ski Season

Watch a master at work as Candide Thovex alternately threads the needle and goes huge in the Swiss woods.

What does it take to land a 100-foot double backflip in the backcountry perfectly, dodging two copses of trees? We may never know, but we can watch this video to see it done — expertly filmed, in slow motion.

Thovex carves his way through the forest “somewhere in Switzerland” as Aziz Benkrich deftly captures the action. If short and sweet is your thing, you’ll love every second of the quick clip.

Thovex’s mega line is as tight as the utilitarian production. He barely rustles a twig on his way through the trees.

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Sam Anderson

Sam has roamed the American continent to follow adventures, explore natural wonders, and find good stories. After going to college to be a writer, he got distracted (or saved) by rock climbing and spent most of the next decade on the road, supporting himself with trade work. He's had addresses in the Adirondack Mountains, Las Vegas, and somehow Kansas, but his heart belongs in the Texas hill country.

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