Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
Frenchman rides his ‘dream’ hypnotic route on six-metre-high blocks of snow.
Pierre Vaultier took a staggering 110 runs to perfect his way down a man-made course of six-metre high snow blocks in Serre Chevalier.
The double Olympic snowboard cross champion had just 50 centimetres to land his board on each block and two metres to take off.
Here is all you need to know:
– In the hypnotic clip, titled Shapes, the Frenchman arcs his way down the 250-metre course along the snow blocks cut out at a 90-degree line.
– Vaultier makes a tough task look easy seemingly without an error before coming to a halt at the final rectangular snow sculpture to rapturous applause from the team around him.
– The 31-year-old said: “It took phenomenal energy, like never before. I had to do no less than 110 runs in total. Less that half of the runs were executed as I wished and I only managed to reach the last tower six times, one of the most technical parts of the course. Despite the difficulties and falls, this is one of the most exciting projects of my life, a dream that I finally fulfilled.”
– The course was imagined and designed by Vaultier but required two mechanical shovels to create along with a snow groomer and nine professional shapers over a period of months, the crew working in temperatures as low as minus 25-degrees at times.
– The feat only further cemented Vaultier’s place in snowboarding folklore. As well as his Olympic golds, he boasts a world title, six crystal globes and 20 World Cup victories in total.