When the snow didn’t really materialise in Zermatt these British freeskiers went HUGE regardless!
Skiing and film making duo Sam Allen and Louis Charnaud have been making a bit of a name for themselves lately. Despite a poor season in the Alps and low tide conditions at their base in Zermatt, the pair have consistently been sending some big lines and a few seriously nutty cliffs.
When two of the Freeride World Tour Qualifier events they had earmarked to compete in were cancelled due to poor snow, they decided it was time to make lemons and get creative in the beautiful Zermatt backcountry – and in short order proceeded to send one of the biggest cliff hucks we’ve seen all season.
Since our last adventure with Doris we have been based in Zermatt, skiing and filming a lot in the backcountry which has been super productive. However, it has been a very dry month (season) here in Europe so the snow has not been good to work with or ski for matter of fact.
Filmer and editor Louis explained:
“It can be frustrating when you have all these plans to go to a new location to film and ski and then mother nature gives you a slap in the face, taking away everything. However, we made the most of a shitty situation and got our skis and went searching for the ‘goods’ here in Zermatt. On one of our first days shooting we had discussed this cliff that Sam had been eyeing up for a few years and thought it was a ‘go’ as the landing was steep enough due to the lack of snow! As he went over the lip of this monster it was obvious that he had not taken enough speed, and it became more of a free fall than a send.”
Speaking while still sore shortly after *that* cliff, Sam commented:
“You’ve gotta take risks and all but today I met my match, this cliff got me.. . It was pretty flat. Broke my binding off my ski and hurt my back pretty bad too so I’ll be taking it easy for a few days… happy to be walking away from this cliff, don’t think I’ll be coming back to it either.”
Check out episode one of The Adventures of Doris here