Candide Thovex is one of the best skiers in the world. He first showed that to the world in the 1999 X‑Games, and only days after that competition, he garnered respect from the entire skiing community for being the first person to clear Chad’s Gap, a massive jump in the Wasatch backcountry, best known for breaking Tanner Hall’s ankles.
Over the next several years he topped the podium in SuperPipe, Slopestyle, and Big Air at the X‑Games. He also founded the Candide Thovex Invitational at La Clusaz, his home resort in France. In 2007, Candide came up short on Big Bertha, the massive jump at his competition, which broke his back. This injury, and the lengthy rehabilitation that followed left him off snow for two years. Upon return, Candide took up big mountain competition skiing, and ended up winning the overall World Freeride Tour in 2010.
For the past few years Candide has been focused on big mountain, backcountry filming and riding. In 2010 he released Candide Kamera, a beautiful film showcasing his backcountry freestyle abilities. He spent the next two years filming what was one of the best ski movies of 2012, Few Words.
In the video above Candide displays how hard he charges on a regular day skiing in-bounds. Turning only when necessary, and bombing back and forth across runs to hit every jump possible, no matter if there is choppy snow in the landing, people under the lip, or any other obstacles along the way.
He shows us around his home mountain of La Clusaz, in France, in the way only a local could, and he even has a brief interaction with the authorities at the end.