Candide Thovex

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.