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Early Season…Cave Skiing?

Posted by Alex | October 14th, 2010 | Filed under Outdoor Sport

If the release of new Down Jackets on nau.com has you thinking about skiing, you might be wondering where to catch a little early season snow to get a jump on winter. High in the Rockies? The summit of Mt. Hood?

Well, if this film is any indication, perhaps you might want to stop looking up, and start looking down. Like, underground. Simon Christy takes a lap of Chourum de la Parza, south of Grenoble, France. Not the best snow we’ve seen, but, hey, it’s October. Winter’s coming soon…

(via offpisteskiing)

2 Responses to “Early Season…Cave Skiing?”

  • October 31, 2010 at 2:26 pm | notmyhead says

    How can you as a professional organization post this and not include a clear “DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME”?

    On a lighter note; does any professional organization provide underground skiing as a service?


  • November 2, 2010 at 7:58 am | Alex says

    How do we do it? I guess we just count on people to know better than to rappel into and ski all those snow-filled caves everywhere. The kind of person that needs a disclaimer at the front of every video of a risk-based activity—particularly one of rappelling into a cave full of snow—to know that it’s dangerous, is at the front of the line for a Darwin award.

    As for guide services—no, I know of no one that offers this as a service. Because I can’t imagine there are more than a couple of these kinds of caves with any kind of easy access in the world. But If you really wanted to do it, I suppose an IFMGA guide would be only way to go. Really, though, I doubt a guide would want to take someone there. This strikes me as something that you only do if you have the skills to do yourself—and a burning desire to ski manky snow underground.

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