What do you do when it’s a low snow season at home and the urge to ride deep precipitation is is too strong to ignore? Cross the Atlantic in search of the steep, deep, and light. Last winter when the West Coast was suffering from well below average snowfall, the Giro Snow team headed to Champéry, Switzerland in search of fresh turns and face shots. The destination was Portes du Soleil, and when Bryan Fox, Curtis Ciszek, Nils Mindnich and Alex Rodway arrived, the mountains served up acres and acres of untracked lines glistening under bluebird skies. The crew descended in style, taking full advantage of every expanse, windlip, drop and jump the mountains had on offer. In Giro Snow’s Engrained – Champéry, live vicariously through the plentiful powder that these guys pilfer. Enjoy.
Filmed by Trent Ludwig.
From Giro Snow:
Champéry is a low-key Swiss town tucked away in the massive Portes du Soleil ski complex, a region of thirteen interconnected resorts across Switzerland and France comprising 206 lifts and every type of terrain imaginable. Last season, Portes du Soleil, the "Doorway to the Sun," was also the doorway to deep powder. With an underwhelming season underway in North America, the Giro Snow crew of Bryan Fox, Curtis Ciszek, Nils Mindnich and Alex Rodway chose Champéry as a destination—a natural fit for these snowboarders inspired by footage of legendary riders shredding in the classic snowboarding film Riders on the Storm. But would they find the same epic conditions that Farmer and Perata experienced? Indeed, the trip was highlighted by sunshine and airy powder, slashable windlips and steep landings, with uncrowded and untracked slopes. And that is the reward for following the engrained urge all of us snowboarders have to seek out new terrain and epic new experiences.