September 20, 2013

Julien Lopez Tries to Outrun Avalanche


This is chilling to watch.  You don’t need to speak French to understand the gravity of the situation. Last April, our “Flying Frenchman” friend, Julien Lopez, who recently took 3rd overall on the Freeride World Tour, was caught in an avalanche skiing in the Alps. We’re so glad he came out OK.  It also takes a certain amount of humility to share these close encounters with death with the rest of us. The lesson learned here is that even if you outrun an avalanche, you better not eat it over the handlebars.  That, and you better have friends who know their stuff and can get you out in time.

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2. Will Dujardin
Will Dujardin is our content editor at West Elk Project. He competes in big mountain competitions and coaches the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Team. Skiing is his life and he likes to mix it with other fun things like DH mountain biking and traveling.