Dynastar News

Suter back on the podium

Riders in this news :  Fabienne Suter

Fabienne Suter, 2nd of the downhill in Garmisch Partenkirchen: “You have to be brave because it was very dark and there were little bumps and you couldn’t see this. I’m happy I made it. I did well and I just enjoy this moment now. It’s a nice one. It’s nice to have a season with some podiums. I would like to do some more. Now we'll have some races in Switzerland with Crans-Montana, Lenzerheide and St. Moritz. I hope I can aloso perform well in Switzerland for all our fans, our friends.
#dynastarfactoryteam

Alizée Baron won the Bronze medal!

Riders in this news :  Alizée BARON

For her first X Games participation, Alizée Baron has won the bronze medal in Skicross. The racer from Dynastar and Lange has confirmed her good shape and her regularity this season. #dynastarfactoryteam

Relive the Women’s final X Games

 
 

CHAM' LINES S3EP1 - Couloir Mallory

Riders in this news :  Aurélien DUCROZ

Aurélien Ducroz and friends take us in an impressive line on the North Face of the Aiguille du Midi in Chamonix. High Mountain Atmosphere and steep skiing are part of that episode thanks to the Drone Héxo+!!

To begin this new season , Aurélien Ducroz, Xavier De Le Rue, Tony Lamiche and Alexandre Pittin wanted to  start with an impressive line : the Couloir Mallory. From the top of the Aiguille du Midi, the descent begins on the north face, directly under the cables of the bucket ... and it's steep, very steep:

Line Name: “Le Mallory”

Ski lifts used: Aiguille du Midi cable car

Starting altitude: 3842 Meters (12605 ft)

Arrival altitude: 1100 Meters (3609 ft)

Total elevation: 2742 Meters (8996 ft)

Orientation: North

Aurélien Ducroz thoughts on the shooting:

Following an early season without snow and with heavy snowfall and especially with very difficult conditions in altitude we were unfortunately forced to postpone the release of the first episode.

Finally last Friday we could turn after spotting the night before.

Xavier Delerue joined me for this first episode. After riding  years together on the Freeride World Tour here we are together again for one of the most legendary lines in Chamonix : The Mallory.

Accompanied by Tony Lamiche and Alexander Pittin on Thursday while ​​searching for a good spot, the Mallory matured in our minds. Alex is actually a great specialist of this route (over 40 runs) and Tony who was there the week before, proposed to try Mallory in winter mode.

For Xav and me it was a first but we heard so much about this line that we automatically said “GO!”

Friday morning first bucket, our pressure rises slowly with Xavier discovering the integral of the line under the bucket, but Tony and Alex very calm, tried to relax us : "it's going to be good guys! No stress, and your still on your legs so... "

We started the descent of the ridge before diving into the mythical "North Face of the Aiguille du Midi." The first turns are good and it reassures us. But we come to the fifth turn on the ice. Tony and Alex ahead of us, get out their ice axes, pins and begin to make a "abalakov" to put the rope. Let's go for a first rappelling descent.

I looked at Xav and said, "ok it's not freeriding anymore, it’s extreme even mountaineering" !!

We have to be concentrated,  Mallory is mythical but a very technical line!

Once under the bergschrund we go back a few meters (in the snow) in a nice snow and especially reassuring!

Once on the “elbow” of the mountain, the atmosphere changed: the snow was concrete. Tension and concentration came back strongly, we begin small curves, with ice axes in hand.

However, Alex and Tony seemed completely relaxed, it's amazing to see the change with much confidence, fluidity, they are in their element.

Once on top of the dome, the snow became much better even powder. Although the slope is steeper, exceeding by 55 °,we begin to feel bette, we finally have something under the feet that we can master.

Finding myself in the heart of the North Face, gives me incredible and mixed feelings: excitement, shyness, humility ... It is unique!

A reminder and we are at the top of a snow slope hanging over the void: another incredible atmosphere!

Snow is good, we continue some curves "or rather turns" before diving into a very technical area to reach the penultimate recall.

One last suspended  slope before the final rappelling descent that I was eagerly expecting.

The tension finally falls. For my part I am flushed, Tony and Alex themselves are thoroughly, always relaxed. It was at that moment that I realized how my image of extreme skiing and committed was hustled today.

We ended on a small narrow corridor to reach the exit corridor where we could finally let go and do curves!

This episode of Mallory will remain mythic for me! With its line, its technicality, commitment and above all by the discovery of a separate discipline.

I want to thank Alex and Tony for making us discover their world between extreme skiing and mountaineering and especially to have had the chance to appreciate their mastery of the element.

We chose two ultra-specialist guides to carry this line.

This route is a real mix between extreme skiing and mountaineering, we changed sports and therefore safety rules.


Fight Ski Club - Episode 3

Riders in this news :  Jean Frédéric  CHAPUIS

Choosing the right ski equipment

Dynastar ambassador Giles Lewis from The Development Centre, Val d'Isere talks about using equipment that helps your skiing, not hinders it.

Better skiing is all about technique, right?

Nope

Tell me more. I hope this isn’t about doing more squats!

No, this is about hardware. With the huge range of equipment available, it is easy to find yourself on the wrong kit. If you want have more fun and get better more easily, then match your equipment to your needs:

BOOTS

Start with your boots. If you can, buy your own boots and have them fitted in a proper ski shop. Good deals can be found online, but great boot fitters cannot. An uncomfortable/unsuitable pair of boots is not such a good deal in the end.

A good boot fitter will match your foot shape to a particular boot (not all boots are the same shape on the inside). Further modifications can be made in the workshop to get a perfect fit.

To match your skiing ability and the type of skiing you do you should consider the forward flex, lateral flex, heel lift, forward lean, sole type, walk mode and insulation levels. It can be complicated, so ask a boot fitter.

SKIS

Don’t expect a fat ski to perform well on the piste, and don’t be surprised if a piste ski feels tricky in deep snow. The right skis will help no end.

FAT SKIS 100mm+

Plus points:

  • Use off piste in soft snow
  • Look cool in the queue for the cable car

Downsides:

  • Fat skis do not hold an edge very well on hard pistes and can even make your feet hurt due to the twisting it creates in the boot.
  • Off piste skiing involves hard snow too, so a super wide ski isn’t always the choice for an off piste day.

NARROW SKIS 70 – 80mm

Plus points:

  • Narrower skis will edge and steer more easily on firmer snow.
  • More agile on piste and in the bumps.

Downsides:

  • Narrower skis will not float very well in soft snow and can be grabby and awkward.

All-round skis will allow you to do everything to a certain degree, but they are always a compromise.

Match the length and flex of your skis to your build and ability. A softer ski will turn more easily and will be more forgiving, but may be too soft for a hard charging skier of bigger build.

POLES

So the skis and boots are the big choices which can influence how good your day is, but don’t forget the little details.

  • Fat baskets for deep snow
  • Longer poles for skiing steep and deep
  • Nice grippy handles
  • Shorter poles for freestyle
  • Going without poles is not skiing, it’s snowblading.

Giles Lewis is a ski Instructor with the development centre, who operate in Val d’isere Tignes and the Three Valleys, France. He is a trainer of instructors for BASI and a member of the British Demo team.

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Photo credit: Henry Meredith Hardy