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As the season begins, we all love getting fired up with the best ski movies the winter has to offer. Filled with stoke and getting you inspired to charge in the new snow, here is what we think are the best ski movies of 2019/20. Grab a beer, turn up the volume!
Our list of the best ski movies of 2019/2020
By: The Faction Collective/Red Bull Media
The second feature length ski film by The Faction Collective, in co-production with Red Bull. Slick cinematography as you’d expect from Red Bull, and epic skiing from the Faction athletes. Showcasing some of the best from the Swiss originating, Faction Skis.
Live updates of ski lift status & opening times for the Grand Massif ski area across Flaine, Les Carroz, Samoens, & Morillon. As well as snow conditions, and snow stability forecast.
Ski Area Map
Here is our handy google resort map for Flaine, Les Carroz, Samoens, and Morillon. Enable location services on your phone and use it as a GPS piste map. Guiding you around the ski area, restaurants, and our lesson meeting points. Alternatively if you are looking for our other resort maps click through to our meeting point piste map of Chamonix OR piste map of Megeve & St Gervais.
Hint: click on the icons to see its details, phone numbers, and directions.
We meet just outside the front of the ticket office upstairs on the snow at the bottom of the Telecabine de la Kedeuze.
Meeting point in Flaine is just outside the bottom station of the Aup De Veran lift which is the central lift area in Flaine.
Our meeting point is just outside the top of ‘Grand Massif Express’ lift in Samoens
Here we meet at the bottom of the Sairon lift right at the centre of the ‘Station De Morillon’.
When the end of the ski season arrives, we are usually left wanting more. This is one of the things that keeps skiing so special. With a significant pause in the sport we love, it is not just ‘on-tap’ like so many things today. The summer is an opportunity to keep ourselves in shape and prepared for next winter. So that we can enjoy every moment of the winter to its fullest. So lets discuss how to prepare for skiing and the winter ahead while we have time off.
We’ve put together some information about the pretty spectacular area of France that Freedom Snowsports operate in. We of course let you know about St Gervais, Chamonix, Megeve, & Les Contamines across our website. But here is just a small flavour of the delights that the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes has to offer.
For those of you thinking about your first ski experience. We’ve put together a Guide for considering what you’ll need, and where to go. Courtesy of us all here at Freedom Snowsports.
A good waxed ski base is a must for all skiers. It enables us to glide and steer the skis smoothly over the snow. But have you ever wondered if it’s something that can be done at home. Or is it one of those dark arts best left to the professionals? Let us show you how to wax your skis at home.
So, Telemark Skiing, What Is It And Whats The Advantage?
Telemark skiing is the original. It is the equipment that skiers used to walk, climb, and ski in all directions in the same state. Up, down, and around, all in the same un-altered free heel state. It is not the same as modern Alpine Ski Touring equipment. Where the skier can put the binding into walk mode, then lock the heel in place for alpine downhill mode. Telemark is a technique of skiing where the binding remains free at the heel. Those folks you see lunging their way gracefully (most of the time) down the mountain. Telemark skiing originated in the Telemark region of Norway (yes, its obvious when said like that). The technique allowed skiers to move from walking on their free heel equipment to making controlled downhill turns at high speed. It was the hybrid of Nordic skiing and downhill skiing.
Having spent some time enjoying ski mountaineering and ski touring in Chamonix at Freedom Snowsports. We decided to take 10 days for a ski mountaineering trip. Which took us through the Bernese Oberland (Bernese Highland) in Switzerland, starting from Lauterbrunnen. The many 4000m+ peaks that abundantly surround the ski touring routes are a perfect pairing. Read More…
Now before we get going, this is not supposed to be a physics lesson. Just simple, useable information to make it easier to select a ski for an intended purpose. So you can enjoy getting more from your skiing.
On most piste skis a regular, positive camber covers the entire length of the sidecut. Along with the skis stiffness, this characteristic provides the most edge grip possible on hard packed piste. Mainly because the ski is under more tension and “bites” back down into the snow. Therefore most piste focused skis, Read More…