Ski duo go head-to-head on 4000m Swiss glacier summit

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J�r�mie Heitz seen during Race the Face in Zermatt, Switzerland, May/June 2018 // Jeremy Bernard/Red Bull Content Pool // AP-1XGV9TQ751W11 // Usage for editorial use only //

Heitz and Rahlves Race the Face on unique giant slalom course.

It was the ultimate skiing showdown: one of the greatest freeskiers of his generation against his Alpine idol as Jérémie Heitz and Daron Rahlves did battle in 2018 at over 4,000 metres down the face of Hohberghorn in Switzerland.

Here is all you need to know:

– The idea for the film was born while Heitz was filming for his groundbreaking La Liste as he tackled the toughest descents in the Alps for a documentary. His next idea was a giant slalom contest from the 4,129m summit of Hohberghorn.

– The pair were not just racing each other but the elements, waiting more than a month for the perfect snow to collect on the face’s glacial front. They then had to repel down using crampons and ice axes to test the conditions and set up gates for the ultimate ski race.

– American Rahlves, a former world champion and 12-time World Cup winner during his career, was the first one down in their showdown, filmed by a drone tracking his every move.

– The drone subsequently filmed Heitz’s every twist and turn, Heitz regarded as the quickest freerider in the world and one to have pushed the boundaries with his films to date, including this one.

– Rahlves clocked a time of 26.440 with Heitz following him down in 27.720, a time difference of 1.28 seconds. Heitz remarked, “I knew I couldn’t fight against a Kitzbühel winner!”

Watch the full documentary of La Liste HERE

Photographer Credit: Mika Merikanto / Red Bull Content Pool

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