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Steep Skiing Pioneer Patrick Vallençant’s Motto Was: You Fall, You Die

Steep Skiing Pioneer Patrick Vallençant’s Motto Was: You Fall, You Die

Steep skiing didn’t evolve like that. His rock skills were not the strongest, but his skiing skills and tenacity carried him through. In those three years, he claimed the following first descents: North Face of the Grande Casse, Couloir des Italiens, North Face of the Tour Ronde, North Face of the Courtes, Y Couloir on the Aiguille d’Argentière, and Couloir Whymper on the Aiguille Verte. Here in the Southern Alps of France, home of the famed l’Alpe d’Huez and La Grave, Vallençant logged five, massive first ski descents. In the 1980s, Vallençant established the Stages Vallençant in Chamonix, to teach steep skiing, and he co-founded the technical apparel brand Degré 7.

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