Ice or snow, Xavier de le Rue best sessions.
“At this time of the year last season, with my friends Guido, Tero and Matthieu we’ve decided to create our own movie production company called TimeLine Film.
With the support of my partners we have released a web serie during the season. We’ve tried to document more than just the action and show people what it takes as effort, luck and commitment to get the best possible big mountain video part in TB20 from Standard Films. Although the snow conditions were terrible in Europe last winter we hoped all season long we could have enough unseen action and interesting backstage material to come up with a movie and have a chance to share our experience. Here it is, THIS IS MY WINTER !”
Xv de le Rue
I received this phone call last may from this young talented skier, Vivian, who asked me to film his project of linking as many ski routes as possible on the same day in the North face of the Aguille du Midi.
We ended up skiing them all together and he was patient enough to wait for me filming most key places. Here is a short documentary about this unique day.
A production by sebmontaz.com featuring local Chamonix skier Vivian Bruchez
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It is entirely free, you are more than welcome to share this film.
Filming and production: jefilm.com
Mountain guiding: chamonixguiding.com
This was kind of a challenging adventure out. Already going up to Couvercle hut was a bit sketchy with some crevasse action, really warm temperatures and rock fall. As we got to the hut we found out that our gas cooker wasn't working...and there was no wood at the hut...nice! After quick breakfast we started at 4am. Skinning up was easy and it only took about two hours to reach the rimay. That's when the mountain started throwing us some challenges..It took us more than an hour find a way through collapsing rimays. Actual climbing went smoothly and we reached the top around 10.45. It was a warm day and we couldn't wait long enough for upper part to soften so we started our descent at 11.45. That made the first 150-200 meters pretty challenging skiing. As we got down the snow transformed and rest of the route was pure pleasure. Beautiful run! Those little struggles along the way made this is a memorable adventure! Thanks Sami!
Weather forecast was good and recent reports from Eiger weren't that bad either. So why don't give it a try!
We took the first train from Lauterbrunnen to Eigergletsher station. Then started climbing at 8.15 and stood at the summit around 4 hours later. The face was still pretty icy at the top so we waited until 1pm for our descent. Skiing was really good with perfect spring snow! At the end it only took us about 30 minutes to ski down from the top.