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Freeriding Aiguilles Rouges

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Natural Mystic by Sam Favret

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To get a sense of how drones are revolutionizing the way we can view action sports, check out this magnificent video from the French Alps by new AirVuz contributor maximemoulinfilm.  The subject of the piece is Sam Favret, one of France's top freeride skiers.  The video captures him seemingly flying down a mountain in the Aiguilles Rouges, a masif of the French Prealps which is situated across the Chamonix Valley from Mt. Blanc.  It's back-country skiing at its best, and there's no better way to see it.    

Skiing Switzerlands Gorner Glacier

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Heliski Journey down the Gorner Glacier | Zermatt Switzerland

Jturner

Contributor used DJI Phantom 4 and Mavic Pro drones, combined with ground camera footage, to create this video of an epic helicopter ski trip to one of Europe's most famous glaciers.  The Gorner Glacier runs down the west side of the Monte Rosa masif near Zermatt, Switzerland.  With a surface area of nearly 60 square km (about 20 square mi.), it's the second largest glacier in the Alps.  Monte Rosa, which is part of the Pennine Alps, is the second highest peak in the Alps after Mt. Blanc in France.  

Argentiere Glacier, French Alps

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Skiing the Argentiere Glacier Near Chamonix, France

Jturner

Contributor Jturner produced this spectacular video skiing down the Argentiere glacier, which is part of the Mt. Blanc Masif in the French Alps.  The glacier which runs perpendicular to the Chamonix Valley, made a disguised but widely noted appearance in the 21st installment of the James Bond series, The World is Not Enough.  In the 1999 film, 007 (played by Pierce Brosnan) there's an epic mountain ski chase scene which is set in the Caucasus but which, in fact, was shot on this very glacier.

Freeriding at Verbier, Switzerland

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Xtreme Verbier - Drone Footage

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Check out this amazing drone video from the Verbier Extreme, one of the world's premiere freeride skiing and snowboarding events.  It's held on the mountain of Bec des Rosses, a member of the Pennine Alps which is part of the famous Verbier resort.  Located in the southwestern Canton of Valais, Verbier is generally recognized as one of the world's best backcountry freeride skiing spots.  The event filmed was filmed by drone and helicopter and required extensive safety measures to protect the manned aircraft.

Schilthorn: Fable Swiss Ski Resort

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A Day In Schilthorn

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Piz Gloria is a rotating restaurant atop Mt. Schiltorn in Switzerland.  Top contributor iDrone Aerials used a DJI Mavic Pro drone to capture the scene at this magical Alpine spot, one of the most iconic in Europe.  Piz Gloria owes its fame in part to the movies, specifically the 1969 James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service.  In the movie (#7 in the series), agent 007 (played by the unknown George Lazenby) tracks down the villian Blofeld (Telly Savalas) at his allergy research institute atop the mountain.  

FPV Video from Austria's Solden Resort

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A New Perspective (Audi Nines 2018) - Johnny FPV

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Action sports and first person view (FPV) drones is one of the best combinations that this industry has to offer! In this edit by top drone racer and FPV freestyle pilot JohnnyFPV, watch as he follows some of the world's best freestyle skiers at the Audi Nines competition at the Sölden ski resort in Tyrol, Austria.  This amazing FPV film was nominated for the AirVuz Drone Video of the Week Contest in the Spring of 2018 and was our Winner in the Extreme Sports category for the 2nd Annual Drone Video Awards.

Skiing France's Trois Vallées

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Val Thorens | Les Trois Vallées 2020 | 4K Drone Ski Shots

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Check out this drone video of the famed Les Trois Vallées ski resort in the French Alps, compliments of top AirVuz contributor and pilot HendrikW.  Located in the Tarentaise Valley in the Savoy Department, Les Trois Vallées was originally three different resorts until the early 1970's when they were linked together by ski lifts.  With 600 km (around 375 mi.) of alpine runs, 183 lifts, and 120 km (about 70 mi.) of cross-country ski trails, it's considered the largest single ski complex in the world.  

Skiing France's Les Arcs

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LES ARCS 2020

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Former Drone Video of the Week winner and Drone Video Award nominee ZilverSchmitz brings us this beautiful video from the famed ski resort of Les Arcs in the French Alps.  It's located in the town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice in the Savoie Department.  Situated in the Tarentaise Valley , it's one of the original mega-resorts of the French Alps.  It consists of five separate ski areas, each of which corresponds to a different base elevation ranging from about 1.2k meters above sea level (around 4k ft.) to to around 2k meters (about 6.6k ft.).  

Skiing France's Fabled Les Grand Montets

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Skiing Les Grands Montets | Chamonix France

Jturner

Check out this short but stunning 4k drone video from France's famous Grand Montets ski area, compliments of top AirVuz contributor and pilot Jturner.  A very well-known resort in the Chamonix Valley of the French Alps, the Grand Montets is known for its particularly challenging runs down the Aiguille d'Argentière.  The resort lies immediately to the north of the mighty Mt. Blanc, the tallest mountain in the Alps.  The resort's runs lie at altitudes between 1.28k - 2.8k meters above sea level, or around 4.2k - 9.2k ft.  

Italy's Fabled Cortina d'Ampezzo Resort

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Faloria, Cortina d'Ampezzo

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Contributor nicolaf degauls created this stunning drone video of Mt. Faloria in northeastern Italy. It's part of the Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy's most well known ski area, which is situated in the Belluno province of the Italy's Veneto region.  Cortina d'Ampezzo has appeared in numerous feature movies (including in installments of the James Bond and Pink Panther series), and it also hosted the 1956 Winter Olympics.  At the Olympics, the Men's Giant Slalom event was held on the slopes of Faloria.

Freeriding in Zermatt, Switzerland

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Freeride Gornergrat, Zermatt Drone Edit

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A wintry paradise awaits skiers in the Swiss Alps, and in this truly epic drone video, AirVuz contributor and drone pilot FreeskiZermatt's drone gives us the best view of the ultimate skiing experience in Zermatt. Few of us will feel the sheer adrenaline from skiing above the clouds in this alpine paradise in central Switzerland, with perhaps the world's most beautiful mountain range as a backdrop, but we can all enjoy the video. Zermatt is located in the German speaking part of the canton of Valais.

Freeriding in the Himalayas

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Freeride in Gulmarg

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Gulmarg is home to one of India's top ski resorts.  It's in the northern state of Jammu & Kashmir, not far from the Pakistani border.  Situated in the middle of one of the world's most notorious political flashpoints, the area's tourism traffic has at times been affected by the level of military tension between India and Pakistan.  As these tension have (generally) subsided in recent years, Gulmarg has come into its own.  In this drone video by Rocannon, you can see these amazing Himalayan ski runs from above.  

Skiing Avoriaz, France

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Avoriaz | France

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Avoriaz is one of the best known skiing desinations in the French Alps. It's in the area between Chamonix and Mt. Blanc to the south and Lake Geneva to the north. The resort has 51 slopes with a top-to-base drop of just under 1.4k meters or about 4.5k feet. It is one of the resorts credited with pioneering modern skiing, and continues to be among France's top ski resorts and amongst the top in the entire Alps region. Ear Trumpet Media created this drone video of the magnificent slopes of Avoriaz.

Skiing Ecuador's Antisana Volcano

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Antisana Skiing

Esteban Barrera

Esteban Barrera may very well have set a record by flying his drone over the Antisana Volcano in Ecuador.  Using his DJI Phantom 3 drone, he hit an altitude of of 5.7k meters (18.7k ft) atop the volcano, the fourth highest peak in this South American country.  It lies just an hour's drive to the southeast of the capital city Quito.  The volcano is part of the Andes Mountains, a geological system which runs much of the length of western South America and covers most of the western portion of Ecuador. 

Freeriding in the Mountains of Macedonia

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Freeride Ski at National Park Galicica - Ohrid Macedonia by 2S & Ski Macedonia

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While it is not as prominent as the Alps or Pyrenees Mountains, the mountains of Macedonia in the Balkan region of Southeastern Europe offer spectacular skiing opportunities.  Most of the country is covered in steep hills and mountains, with the greatest concentrations in its northwestern and southern regions.  Contributor and pilot Stojan2s created this epic drone video from a ski trip to the Galicica National Park ski area, situated in the soutwestern corner of the country near the famous Lake Ohrid.  

Skiing Japan's Biwako Valley

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Biwako Valley Ski Resort Shiga Japan

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Styfly Studio created an amazing drone video of a ski area in Japan.  The Biwako Valley Ski Resort is situated in central part of Honshu, the largest and most populous island of the Japanese archipelago.  It's located roughly halfway between the cities of Kyoto and Nagoya.  The resort's mountaintop sits at about 1.1k meters (about 3.5k ft) above sea level, and offers both tow- and lift-accessed slopes.  As you will see in the video, the top of the mountain offers stunning views of Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake. 

Heli-Skiing in the Rockies, Colorado

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HELI SKIING! Winter in the San Juans, Colorado (4K)

HAYDEN KAST

The San Juan Mountains are a high and rugged range within the Rocky Mountains of the western United States. Located in southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico, the San Juans played a huge role in the gold and silver mining booms that were critical to the history of Colorado and indeed of the entire American West. Now known more for their fresh powder and fantastic ski conditions, you can see the range in this dynamic drone video by talented AirVuz contributor and drone pilot HAYDEN KAST.

Freeriding Andermatt in the Swiss Alps

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Freeride Skiing Andermatt, Switzerland | short edit 4K

Jturner

When we say epic dronie, we mean it. The opening shot in this piece by AirVuz contributor and drone pilot Jturner is one epic dronie. The piece just gets better when you find out that Jturner was the subject his drone was following. He said he let his DJI Mavic Pro drone hover over him while he skied down Gemmstock - a mountain in the Swiss Lepontine Alps.  The Lepontines are a sub-chain of the greater Alps system which run through parts of southern Switzerland and adjacent areas of northern Italy.  

Snowboarding Competition in Northwestern Russia

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Khibiny Open Cup 2019

Rocannon

While the Urals and Caucasus are the two mountain ranges most commonly associated with Russia, they aren't the only mountains in this enormous country.  Witness this fantastic drone video from contributor and pilot Rocannon.  The video was filmed at the Khibiny Open Cup freeride competition in the Khibiney Mountains.  This range is one of two (and the taller) which sit on the Kola Peninsula in the Murmansk Oblast (province), in the very far north of Russia and well inside the Arctic Circle.  

Skiing Austria's Saalbach Resort

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Saalbach 2020 - 4K Drone video

Ben Kala

For a first upload to AirVuz, new contributor Ben Kala brings us this fantastic drone video from a famed ski resort in the Austrian Alps.  Saalbach is located in the municipality of Saalbach-Hinterglemm in the Zell am See District of the state of Salzburg, about 100 km (around 60 mi.) south of the state's namesake capital.  The resort is situated in the east-west oriented Saalbach Valley, surrounded by the Kitzbühel Alps (a subchain of the broader Alps system).  The resort hosted the FIS Alpine World Ski Championships of 1991.  

Skiing in Switzerland's Grisons Canton

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Winter Deluxe

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Take a trip down a mountain in the Swiss Alps with skier Ohh Mandy in this aerial video by AirVuz contributor and pilot appulver.  He filmed her on the slopes of the mountains around the town of Savognin.  It's located in Grisons, a southeastern canton and the country's largest by land area.   The mountains here are part of the Grison Alps, whose highest peaks have summit elevations of around 4k meters above sea level or a bit over 13k ft.  The town of Savognin itself has an elevation of around 1.2k meters above sea level or a bit over 13k ft.  

Backcountry Skiing in Austria's Hochkönig Mountains

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5 days in the mountains // Hochkönig 2019

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The Hochkönig is a mountain group that includes the highest mountain in Berchtesgaden Alps. Located in the Austrian state of Salzburg in the northern part of the country, it is just 26 miles outside of the city of Salzburg. Travel cinematographer backpackpassion takes us on a short escape into the hills, documenting his journey skiing and hiking through the snow with buddies.  While we might not be able to escape their ourselves, we do get to sit back and enjoy the beautiful views thanks to this aerial edit.

Skiing France's Vars La Forêt Blanche

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SKIING IN FRANCE

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Translating to “white forest” in French, Vars La Forêt Blanche is a lovely ski resort in the French Alps. Featuring over 115 trails, 185 km (115 miles) of slopes and 360-dgree views of Mont Ventoux, Mont Blanc (the highest peak in the entire Alps system), the Ecrins, and the Italian peaks the area is an incredibly popular destination for locals. Pilot hittheroad.today captured the unique destination with his DJI Mavic Air in this beautiful winter flight, which was recorded in brilliant 4k.

FPV: Snowboarding in the Pyrenees

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Backcountry Snowboarding x FPV Drone

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Wow, what a way to watch some extreme, backcountry snowboarding! Talented AirVuz contributor and first person view (FPV) pilot vasiliz takes us out to the supremely fresh powder of the backcountry mountain tops at Spain's Baqueira Beret resort in the Pyrenees. Oftentimes, professional snowboarders will be brought in via helicopter since these locations are only accessible by air. To film this level of snowboarding was formerly only accessible for companies with the funds to do so. 

Freeriding in the Chilean Andes

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Freeride snowboarding at Nevados de Chillan Andes volcano

Airpica

Top AirVuz contributor Airpica put together this awesome video of some epic snowboard freeriding in the Andes Mountains of Chile.  Show using a combination of drone and ground camera footage, the video was shot at the Nevados de Chillán Resort, which is located on the slopes of the Nevados de Chillán stratovolcano complex in the Biobío Region near the middle of the country.  The highest of the peaks, Cerro Blanco, has a summit elevation of about 3.2k ft. or around 10.5k ft. above sea level.  

Freeriding in the Pyrenees

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Freeride Ski | DJI MAVIC PRO + GOPROHERO 5 (Vallnord)

WildWorld

The Pyrenees Mountains, which act as the natural boundary between France and Spain, contain some amazing ski spots.  Though not as tall as the Alps, they feature incredible groomed runs and freeriding opportunities.  Case in point is this drone video from AirVuz contributor and drone pilot WildWorld.  Shot with a DJI Mavic Pro drone and a GoPro ground camera, the video captures some epic freeride skiing in Vallnord, a resort in the tiny country of Andorra which sits between France and Spain.

AirVuz at Air + Style Los Angeles

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Air + Style L.A.

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Air + Style is a snowboarding contest which has freed itself from the constraints of having to take place in the mountains.  While it began life in the 1990's in the Austrian Alps, the contest now sets up snowboard courses wherever space permits.  With extensive use of music, the events have mesmerized many millions of younger extreme sports enthusiasts around the world.  In 2017, AirVuz was selected as a media partner for an Air + Style event in Los Angeles; this video is a recap of the event.

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