curvedspace Shoot that guy, Matt photobombing my comp. Last September up at the Aiguille de la Vanoise, Pralognan, for a couple of days with @livingearthimpressions and @sergio_from_ireland 1d
  •   loupidou77 Superbe 1d
  •   duncantigerhero Amazing 23h
  •   luxyloo11 You know like the Persian weavers always put a tiny mis-stitch in to show god they are not perfect .... That! Divine shot 15h
  •   sergio_from_ireland Nice one Andy! Just realized he didn't get his army backpack we saw two years ago little disappointed we won't meet this year, hope it's not the end of our tradition @livingearthimpressions 1h

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curvedspace Lac du Chevril, Tignes. The sun hadn't had long to warm the top of the lake, consequently there was a lot of mist and steam as the cold and the heat fought it out. 3d

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curvedspace Cliffs and gullies, lower down the Cairn Coulior you have to pick your route with some care, but speed is good too... My local mountain looking it's very finest.

Bellecôte North Face, La Plagne Paradiski, Rhône Alps, France
7d

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curvedspace Cairn Couloir, Bellecôte North Face. Check the figure top left for a sense of scale.

La Plagne, Paradiski, Rhône Alps, France
1w

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curvedspace On the shores of eternity, from the summit of La Grande Rochette, 2505m / 8218ft. La Plagne Paradiski, Graian Alps, France. 1w

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curvedspace It's dirty, humid snow, rainy Spring stickiness, holding onto the board too long, the run-ins are chopped and sketchy, the landings a hope and a prayer. The crowds are gone and the few tourists left don't fancy a day out with no light definition, punctuated by driving rain squalls, and who can blame them?

The ones that go out in this, and the worse Winter equivalents, they're the ones who impress me the most. They're seeking, they're honing their craft, finding the flow. Not interested in your car, your watch, your phone, looking for something less tangible, harder fought for, more for and from the soul.
A little discomfort, sometimes sacrifice and pain. The passion, the low burn rapture and fleeting fulfilment. It's a wheel, a ceaseless circle, the perfection of the moment, the definition of time passed.

There's a passage in Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance that references making good time on a journey. Pirsig twists the accepted notion of what that means and puts the emphasis on the good. It's a prelude for all that comes next in the book. It's also what I'm getting at here; the time is yours, make it worthwhile, make it have meant something, make it good.
2w

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curvedspace Lenticularis enveloping the summit of Mont Blanc, weather coming. 2w

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curvedspace Sublime descent through the Cairn Couloir, Bellecôte North Face, La Plagne, Rhône Alps, France. 2w

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curvedspace Sommet de la Saulire, 2738m / 8982ft, rising from an ocean of cloud. Taken from the Grande Rochette, La Plagne, Paradiski, French Alps 3w

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curvedspace April haze with a mur de nuages, sea of cloud rising up and obscuring the valleys far below.

Earlier today from the Grande Rochette, 2505m / 8218ft.

Graian Alps, France
4w

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curvedspace I would like just one more day like this, this season please.
Shooting on the North Face of the Bellecôte, 3,417 m / 11210 ft.

Graian Alps, France
1mon

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curvedspace Stepping up, earlier today, hitting the jumps in Belle Plagne. @la_plagne @paradiski 1mon

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curvedspace Aerials and Varials "So we Kick, Push Kick, Push Kick, Push Kick, Push, Coast.
And the way he rolls just a rebel to the world with no place to go.
So we Kick, Push Kick, Push Kick, Push Kick, Push, Coast.
So come and skate with me, just a rebel looking for a place to be
So let's Kick, and Push, and Coast."

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So the big powder days are behind us now, heading into the park to see the season out. If I survive the next four weeks it will have been a great season.

Happy grinding folks
1mon

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curvedspace Supermoon rising over the Col de la Vanoise, last September.

Vanoise National Park, Graian Alps, France.

Apologies to everyone for not replying to comments or liking shots, the Winter season will soon be over, and I'll be catching up with anyone who's still here then.

Happy Spring trails folks...
1mon

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curvedspace Good day out shooting on the hill today. Here's Dan stylin above Champagny, La Plagne. Skaters make the best boarders. 2mon

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curvedspace The Hörnli Ridge, Matterhorn. Hard to imagine, looking at those orographic clouds being blasted from the face, that this is the easiest route to the summit.

Zermatt, Switzerland 2015
2mon

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curvedspace There's nothing quite like big face riding, it tests all of your limits. But the rewards are unique.

Bellecôte North Face, La Plagne, Paradiski, France
2mon

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curvedspace Another from Wednesday morning on the North Face of the Bellecôte Massif. -

"The Cairn Couloir is one of the more popular lines on the main Bellecôte North Face. It is steep and serious, with a narrow section near the top, and particular care required to pick a line through the small cliffs that criss cross the bottom of the face." -
3079 - 1529m (1549m) 4.6km NE
10101 - 5016ft (5085ft) 2.9m

Thanks to @fatmapski for the invaluable data!

Paradiski La Plagne France
2mon

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curvedspace This morning on the North Face of the Bellecôte, the powder was the best I've ever seen here.

Here's what Pistehors.com has to say about my local mountain... The Bellecôte massif is composed of some 6 km of ridges forming a maze of valleys and couloirs. The prevailing winds deposit large amounts of snow on the North face which is prone to enormous avalanches. Many of the couloirs are very steep and tend to purge themselves immediately after fresh snowfall but there is a constant risk of wind slab formed on a poor base.

Many of the entrances and exits of the couloirs are difficult to locate, and coupled with the exposure mean that people should hire a guide or ski with someone with local knowledge.

Bellecôte Massif, Paradiski, France
2mon

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curvedspace Sitting in the lee of La Grande Casse and looking across at the Aiguille de la Vanoise, 2517m / 8258ft, Vanoise National Park, Graian Alps, France. 2mon

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