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BLOT9521The heliski experience is just unique and  really suggested to all the freeride lovers: a thing to try at least once in a lifetime! The typical heliskiing day is pretty different from the classic snowboard day, since the moment when you wait the chopper, all the senses come into play, first you hear the loud noise of the helicopter, then you see it landing and a moment before getting onboard the air moved by the blades hits your face like it wants to tell: “You’re about to fly! Get ready!”
The heliskiing activity in Courmayeur is really suggestive, flying along the Val Veny you immediately notice on the left a big face, the “Mont Fortin Sector”, wich you have to carefully look for spotting lines, because it’s the area where you can easily find good powder conditions, thanks to its north facing slopes. Looking right you can admire the greatness of some famous glaciers like the Brenva first and the Miage later, with their big crevasses and seracs that make you understand you are entering a world where man cannot stay long, but just for some time, the high mountain environment.
Once landed, the first impression is like being in paradise: a breathtaking 360° degrees view, where the sight will be lost around the infinity of peaks in front of you and the unreal silence will get you unique sensations.
I must say we have been very lucky with a perfect combination: sun, wind calm, 30 centimeters of fresh snow, and no tracks of skis or snowboards in front of us!
The first descent that we got to ride is in the “Pyramides Calcaires” area, very good spot to test the slopes on a first ride, or as a first helicopter ride for people who are still not very confident with powder and steep terrain but still want to try the Heliskiing experience. From the first area, we then moved with a second Heli ride towards the “Mont Fortin sector”, where the deep, perfect powder snow gave us big emotions on steep lines but always in safety.  This last area is more challanging than the one before, and is suited for riders who already have some experience in freeriding.
To finish off we can just wish, to everyone who will decide to try the heliskiing experience, to find a superb sunny day as the one whe had!

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BLOT8322 This season the snow arrived very late, so we had to wait until the 1st of February to get the chance to ride powder in the woods of La Thuile. We had been checking the weather for some days, and then finally we saw that a big storm was going to hit the Mont Blanc area from north and reach La Thuile as well, with abundant snowfalls. The dream came true! On Friday some old friends, all ex professional snowboard riders, contacted us to know if we would be out riding in the weekend; they also had seen that a lot of snow was falling in La Thuile and they wanted to enjoy it after having been surfing for one day in Finale Ligure. That would be the perfect combo! Enough said, on Sunday we all were on the first gondola up the woods of La Thuile, sticking our faces on the windows to check out how much snow there really was, and the more we would go up, the more our smiles would grow! We couldn’t wait to get inside those magic woods, a real natural playground where you can lay down turns, jump rocks, trees and bushes all covered up in snow. The choice of riding in the woods was done because it was still snowing on the top part of the slopes, with low visibility and strong winds as well. To our big surprise we noticed a blue patch of sky above our heads, giving visibility back on the whole resort. Minutes after getting on the “Chaz Dura Express” chairlift we were on the start of the “Elliot” couloir, where we rode it very quickly before the weather would close in again. Once having ridden it, the sky was all cloudy again. Not too bad, we were again inside the woods where we rode different lines all day, until our legs could not take it anymore. We felt absolutely destroyed at the end of such a big day of riding, but when we stopped, we still wanted so bad to keep riding those magical woods!

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I took these pictures about two months ago. It was a warm winter day, similar to a real end of season. Vetan was shining! We decide to had this “just for fun” session; some beers, a home made bbq, sausages and… shrimps! This is how we did it, our personal goodbye to the winter season, a simple celebration of what we LOVE so deeply. Thank you Mother Nature, see you soon!

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BLOT3801I miei Splitboard Camps sono stati queste 85 fotografie e molte di più, sono stati il prolungamento di un turno di lavoro di 9 ore, sono stati fiocchi di neve dal cielo, sono stati barba e capelli bagnati e poi sole, polvere e sudore. Sono stati amici nuovi e gran birre condivise con loro, sono stati sorrisi stampati in faccia alla fine di ogni singola giornata, sono stati Cheneil, Champorcher e Monterosa. Sono stati Woulk che ci ha seguito fino in cima al colle e cazzo se era felice anche lui! Sono stati camminate e fatica, sono stati solitudine e meraviglia, bacco e tabacco. Sono stati la dimensione quasi magica del Rifugio Misérin. I miei Splitboard Camps sono stati i miei sci da 190 cm pesanti come il piombo in salita e leggeri come piume in discesa, sono stati lavarsi i denti con la neve e svegliarsi alle prime luci del giorno. I miei Splitboard Camps sono stati il volo dei gracchi intorno al Rifugio Mantova e la cima della Pyramide Vincent a 4.215 metri, raggiunta con gli amici di mezza vita, sono stati le curve in una Valle Perduta quasi dimenticata in questo periodo, sono stati proprio quelle curve lì che non so se saranno le ultime di questa stagione, mi auguro di no, ma nel caso, cazzo si, me le sono godute appieno, ero esattamente dove avrei voluto essere, insieme agli amici di cui sopra, you know who you are! I miei Splitboard Camps sono stati LIBERTA’.

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BLOT9523Perfect light, tons of powder and some cliffs. This is the result of a nice morning in Pila at the end of february. Sometimes happiness is when you look to a cliff for over 10 years and you decide to jump it down ‘cause your friends are telling you: now or never! Big up to Massimo, Luke and Chris for their motivation!

We live our life in our own way, 
Never really listened to what they say, 
The kind of faith that doesn’t fade away 
We are the true believers.

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BLOT9312In the iPad era we decided to spend a DIY day, with wooden boards hand shaped, old school clothes, and films. We went to Pila documenting this surreal situation, in the middle of technical materials and ultra comfort to everyone. Unfortunately at the end of the day Leytenánt Troilijnsky’s board is broken, but, as you can see, he continued smiling! This is a little teaser of a project we have in mind, that sooner or later will see the light.

You have to do it yourself, no one else will do it for you. You must work out your own salvation.

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BLOT5262A few weeks ago we did the first “white ride”. The goal was the Breithorn, 4164 mt, located on the border between Switzerland and Italy. The day was simply fantastic, feelings of the first turns are always amazing, like an eternal first time, but now don’t make us wait too much for you, dear Lady!

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