In one sense, Vivian Bruchez’s passion for big mountain skiing is no surprise. Bruchez, youngest of three, was born and raised by ski instructors amongst the steep mountains of the Chamonix Valley. His family’s story is entwined in the area’s history—they have inhabited the area since 1678. By three years old, Bruchez had joined his parents and two siblings on the slopes (all of whom still work in the ski industry as instructor or guides). By four, he had joined the competitive circuit, eventually competing in alpine skiing, ski cross, and freeriding.