SnowPorn Candide Thovex - A bit of skiing

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He's a very good skier. There are plenty of others out there as well. I really like the way Sammy Carlson skis and Shaun Petit. Then you look at someone like Kai Jones at 13, doing what he does. Unbelievable.

I prefer to focus on the style and flow as opposed to the tricks. It's about making whatever trick you're doing look effortless and smooth. On the home front for general skiing around the mountain Steve Lee could do it all and make it look smooth and a couple of mates of mine from Thredbo, Jay Kelly & Dave Kuhn have it in spades.

I do wonder how some of the big mountain guys will be skiing at 50 - 60 etc, let alone walking. I have several friends either in line for or have received artificial hips and knees, predominantly from many years of skiing.
 

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I do wonder how some of the big mountain guys will be skiing at 50 - 60 etc, let alone walking. I have several friends either in line for or have received artificial hips and knees, predominantly from many years of skiing.

Steve Crazy hit Blue Lake year before last, straight lined it, hucked two cliffs....with his arm in a cast.
 

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He's a very good skier. There are plenty of others out there as well. I really like the way Sammy Carlson skis and Shaun Petit. Then you look at someone like Kai Jones at 13, doing what he does. Unbelievable.

I prefer to focus on the style and flow as opposed to the tricks. It's about making whatever trick you're doing look effortless and smooth. On the home front for general skiing around the mountain Steve Lee could do it all and make it look smooth and a couple of mates of mine from Thredbo, Jay Kelly & Dave Kuhn have it in spades.

I do wonder how some of the big mountain guys will be skiing at 50 - 60 etc, let alone walking. I have several friends either in line for or have received artificial hips and knees, predominantly from many years of skiing.
Chatting to Dave Kuhn on the second last day of season 2018, he casually mentions to me that he went for a early morning roll down the supertrail and wasn't sure what speed he maxed out at, because one app said 118kph and the other 125kph! :eek:
 

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Love watching Candide ski. As others have said it just the effortless movement over rough terrain, and the way he just 'flows' down the mountain.
 
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Haha, @DidSurfNowSki this is the same Dave that "ignored" us that day, as we were not there. Really top bloke.
@DidSurfNowSki sure casts a long shadow..hard to overlook

The real reason Dave skied past.

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If anyone hasn't seen this film please do yourselves a favour. It's Candide's life story. It is beautiful filmed and works as well as a documentary as it does a ski film. Interestingly, he doesn't talk during it. his side of his own story is told through his skiing.
The main difference I see with his style over others, is his straight line skiing. He doesn't bother with turns (unless they are in the air). He truely is on another planet to most other skiers. The film is a must see.
 

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The real reason Dave skied past.

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I will say this in his defence. He has done this to me but generally catches up later, as there is a reason.

Remember he is the head of ski patrol, so most times when he skis straight through he is responding to something and can't stop. He is working & sometimes it's life and death and other times it's management stuff. He's got that radio in his pocket almost 24/7. He is a really genuine nice guy and can be under a lot of pressure during a ski day. Also the time where he gets to decompress ie summer is now as crazy as winter for him and his team.

So don't take it personally. I'm sure if you catch up with him you'll see what I mean.
 

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Mind you the infamous @Telemark Phat rescue has given me something of a rep. They all know about that.

The cameraman always makes it though.

He is a sweet skier. Others for me locally are Haig, Paul, Ken, Randy, Woodsy (haven't seen him in a while), Shawnee and Jen. Jock is very tidy on the sticks too.

Ken has that unexplainable smoothness though, something that just makes people watch. I think he is my favourite.
 

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If anyone hasn't seen this film please do yourselves a favour. It's Candide's life story. It is beautiful filmed and works as well as a documentary as it does a ski film. Interestingly, he doesn't talk during it. his side of his own story is told through his skiing.
The main difference I see with his style over others, is his straight line skiing. He doesn't bother with turns (unless they are in the air). He truely is on another planet to most other skiers. The film is a must see.

Just rewatched this for the first time in a few years. Incredible.

The first 15 minutes alone are just amazing - the terrain, the lines, the soundtrack, unreal
 

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Just rewatched this for the first time in a few years. Incredible.

The first 15 minutes alone are just amazing - the terrain, the lines, the soundtrack, unreal
I’ve watched it four times now. It’s an amazing film. It’s so much deeper than a ski movie. I would categorise it as a documentary, that has plenty of ski action.
 

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His technique isn’t ‘pure’ as there’s lots of rotation going on but his ability to get from the top to the bottom of anything just sets him apart.
He’s probably #2!!!!!
#1 probably has to work harder hmm ?.
What are his lessons for us ?
His upper arms are outriggers for imperceptible balance adjustment.
Coarse adjustment involves sudden reversal of upward arm movement for unweighting, leg muscles are having a holiday.
 
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Candide is creative and playful. These are good snowsport adjectives. I'm reasonably crap at skiing compared to anyone (let alone him) but I sometimes try to remind myself to have his mindset out there

i think this part of Candide work is truly underrated, his vision and creativity is well beyond most of the generation of skiers that have followed.
 

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Haha, we were somewhere.....I say Hi Dave! He skis past, another friend was past the point we were looking at, he says, Hi Dave! He skis past. We have a laugh. Its OK when you know them, and no one followed you.

im sensing more to this storey like he didn’t ignore you he ah just “didn’t” see you

Mind you the infamous @Telemark Phat rescue has given me something of a rep. They all know about that.

The cameraman always makes it though.

He is a sweet skier. Others for me locally are Haig, Paul, Ken, Randy, Woodsy (haven't seen him in a while), Shawnee and Jen. Jock is very tidy on the sticks too.

Ken has that unexplainable smoothness though, something that just makes people watch. I think he is my favourite.

LOLLOLLOL We had an incident at the apartment where some steam from the shower set of the smoke alarm, I can’t remember his name but the head fireman walks in checks out the place then chats with the kids, let’s them try on his helmet etc really nice guy.

Just as he is about to leave, he looked at me deadpan and says, nicer meeting than last time.....
 

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Love the way Tof is skiing all the steep lines like they’re GS courses. Not so much WHAT he’s skiing in this movie but gee he has a fluid style, pretty much straight lining ENSA at 2.50 :)

Just beautiful and inspiring. Magic photography as well:thumbs:
 
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