“Access to some of the most dangerous terrain in the world is easy here. Thirty minutes in the tram takes you from the bars and cafes of the Valley floor up to the unpredictability of the high alpine.”
Though Chamonix boasts one of the longest ski histories of anywhere on earth, the right athletes can still find new lines here. This mixture of centuries of mountaineering and ski tradition, and the ever-mercurial adventure of the high alpine, is something few other places can offer.
Through the windows of the Aiguille du Midi cable car some of the most technical and high-consequence ski terrain in the world can be observed. But stepping through the door to put yourself at the top of one of those lines requires much more.
In this film by Bjarne Salén, Episode 4 in Patagonia‘s #findaway series, skiers “American Dave” Rosenbarger and Canadian Kye Petersen mix years of mastery and an intuition for the rhythms of the high alpine to get the full Chamonix experience.