It took me long enough due to all the video footage I wanted to sift through and share, but here it is! The final post about our snowboarding trip, with video!
Our last day out in the snow was a day of final frontiers. A day we overcame the impossible & did the unthinkable. Bucketlist items checked off. And there is some video evidence of some of it too!
We managed to get off-piste again on our final day. (No accomplishment there) But it was a setting that is always so... special when it occurs; Floating over fresh powder, while riding through a cloudy mist of snowfall. Not a soul around and no one has seemingly been here before. In the complete silence all you can hear is the soft wooshing of your trusted shredstick on the white, leaving traces behind for others to see that they'll be threading on charted territory. It's leaving a message: "There were pioneers here before and those pioneers were us". Feeling light caresses of freshly fallen pow, scooped up by your board, against your knees while speedily making your way to lower grounds is remarkable. I always feel so humble yet so empowered. It is this feeling, this brief moment of solitude that always makes a snowboarding trip for me. It's a feeling I look forward to every year. Nothing comes close to it and you can't absorb enough of it. The feeling will leave you craving for more.
It was during the off-piste experience where we encountered a sort of a natural half-pipe for us to goof around in. It was the first time for me in such a thing, as it shows in the video. I still need to improve on my half-piping skills and I feel I still look too insecure on a board. Comes time, comes swag, they sometimes say. (No one has ever said that). The most important thing is that we had a good ride and had a lot of fun doing it.
And then there was 'The Gorge'. An off-piste adventure through a narrow gorge filled with drops, trees, rocks and small mountain passes. It was a hidden path Maarten came across the day before. It was challenging and even a dangerous technical path. It was exhausting, but most of all, interesting and very much fun. We had to dodge rocks, sticks and trees. We had drops, jumps and crashes and even had to take off our board at a certain point. Another frontier.
Ending the trip we decided the last decent was going to be a black slope that took us all the way to Les Breviers. It was the 'Sache' piste and it was closed most of the time due to weather conditions. Sight was poor at best, but it got better half way through. We captured the whole way down. The final frontier for me for this trip, it was a good idea to end the vacation with a bit of a bang.
We had just one frontier left... The French Raclette Cheese. I'll leave telling that story up to the pictures. I will say this though; The owner was impressed with our accomplishments and we hated ourselves. So. much. regrets.
Obviously I can't wait for our next field trip, next time we will be visiting Austria. If you want to check out previous posts and pictures in this series, they can be found here:
- Espace Killy: Day one.
- Espace Killy: Day two. Personal best: 50.7km/h.
- Espace Killy: Day Three. Worst conditions ever. (For me).
- Espace Killy: Day four. 'One-upped next level hashtag Yoloswag'.
- Espace Killy: Day five. Brace for impact.