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Picture by Christophe Bortels for Landscape Magazine
Photo 11 of 59
Photo of the Day on
Dec 2, 2012
- Bortels has a knack for nailing unique composition on his photos. This shot is unreal!
Nov 24, 2012 at 11:38
Nov 24, 2012
Les Deux Alpes, France
Mountain of Hell
Mountain of Hell
Les 2 Alpes Bike Park
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(Nov 24, 2012 at 22:11)
I'm gonna make a Pokemon called Bermslash
(Dec 2, 2012 at 0:39)
*Bermslash used Danny Hart*
*it was super effective!*
(Dec 2, 2012 at 0:45)
It's about to rain Pokemon jokes! Ready?
(Dec 2, 2012 at 3:06)
*bermslash evolved to chris kovarik*
(Dec 2, 2012 at 4:08)
If u enlarge it u will see over 10 riders here!!!
(Dec 2, 2012 at 7:52)
Those berms just need some nipples and we got giant berm boobies!
(Dec 2, 2012 at 8:16)
@ Nickroy there are 11
(Dec 2, 2012 at 8:19)
I see over 20 total. But they get really small.
(Dec 2, 2012 at 9:00)
Hmm wonder where all those trails go...... No body say it.
(Dec 2, 2012 at 9:54)
i counted 28
(Dec 2, 2012 at 11:12)
There's at least 28. Some of the parts farther in are too hard to tell though
(Dec 2, 2012 at 15:13)
Can you guys spot Waldo out of those 28?
(Dec 3, 2012 at 23:58)
28?????!!!!!!!!!! I must clear my lences . .
(Dec 2, 2012 at 13:35)
Actually it is a really impressive photo, but otherwise it makes me sad to see what has happened to the alpine scenery. "Mountain of Hell" is a quite suitable name for this trail and the whole picture. Lakes, rivers, roads, slopes, everything optimized for better snow conditions, more tourists, everything gets bigger better faster stronger. This development isn't sustainable and there's no ecological balance! Sooner or later nature will recapture what it has lost.
You may give me negative props now and think "get on your bike and stay away from your computer", but for me mountainbiking (and skiing/snowboarding) also contains respect for nature and natural environment. And that's why I don't like this picture. Just my two cents.
(Dec 2, 2012 at 13:50)
Im with you on this. the best part of riding is getting back to nature. if its all laid out for you like this then its just not mountain biking anymore, its purely thrill seeking and attracts exactly the wrong sort of person..
(Dec 2, 2012 at 14:19)
That's the most honest, true and intelligent thing I've ever read in the comments section of Pinkbike, fizzride. Respect to you sir. I hope to meet you, on a natural trail, some day.
There's probably a bunch of goggle tear-offs blowing around there and some empty moster-energy cans wedged between the rocks too... I've lost count of how many times I've picked up things from riding spots in the UK. How can riders be so dumb?! "I like getting out and riding my bike in the woods... the fresh air, the trees, the amazing trails... so I'll drop my rubbish and f*ck it all up".... Arrghhh you fuuuuuuuuck!!! If you carried it there carry it home!!!! Better still - don't buy it in the first place. Stop being mindless marketing fodder!!! Humans suck balls and are well on the way to bringing about their own demise.
Ahem. Shit. Where's my chill pills...
(Dec 2, 2012 at 21:09)
@fizzride. I really like your comment, and agree entirely with your sentiment. I feel that it is unfair though to dislike this photo when all the photographer is doing, is capturing a moment, and telling a story. Thanks to his image, and the information you provided, the rest of us get a better understanding of what is happening here.
(Dec 3, 2012 at 23:50)
I spent humm around 15 years to ski every year in les Deux Alpes + 10 years of summer season, working in this ski resort...
I am totaly agree with you about the territory landscape policy of this place but you just have to know and notice that les Deux alpes is one of the highest ski resort of Europe
By this way, and definitivly, there are no trees at all... 3/4 of the resort is stones, only stones and that all, you have a little bite of grass on the bottom but on the top, it is only stones....So it is grey and grey landscape
we are so far away BC or places like Whislter ....
Top Elevation 7,160 ft / 2,182 meters
Base Elevation 2,140 ft / 652 meters
for Les deux Alpes it is
Top 12,000.00 / 3660 m
Base 5,400.00 / 1650 m
not the same weather not the nature...
(Dec 2, 2012 at 0:04)
Mountain of hell? looks more like heaven to me...
(Dec 2, 2012 at 0:14)
I don`t know why i only come to snowboard in France... What a dumbass!
(Dec 2, 2012 at 1:05)
(Dec 2, 2012 at 4:29)
From the thumbnail I thought that hill thing where the pylon is was a take-off, HAHA, that would be one huge ass line
(Dec 2, 2012 at 0:35)
i really was hoping the biker would be doing a drop of off that cliff at the base of the mountain....
(Dec 2, 2012 at 1:11)
f*cking beautiful!! great POD
(Nov 24, 2012 at 15:54)
That's A-M-A-Z-I-N-G shot! POD for sure!!!
(Dec 2, 2012 at 1:44)
looks super fun, love the look of that decending burm top left of the picture!
(Dec 2, 2012 at 6:49)
it's a big road gap !!
(Dec 2, 2012 at 4:28)
iv snowboarded here, can recognise exactly where that is. So weird seeing it in summer!
(Dec 2, 2012 at 1:36)
Wish I lived near an alp
(Dec 2, 2012 at 7:25)
You may want to have a look at the ethymology of "Alps". I'm sure you do not want live close to an alp (mainly because there are cows and cows and nothing more).
(Dec 2, 2012 at 11:10)
I would be happy to just live a little bit closer my fave trails. 5 hours from innerleithen 4 hours from chicksands 14 hours from winterberg 22 from la fenasosa. Wish all of the above where an hour away. I know they aren't alpine but I would live with cows for closer trails
(Dec 2, 2012 at 12:08)
Yeah, got your point, mate. That's sad, admittedly. Time for moving, uh?
(Dec 2, 2012 at 12:30)
Young family means I'm pretty planted. Have a real soft spot for winterberg and also have friend in Spain. Sadly m lack of grasp for language rules out moving to either
(Dec 2, 2012 at 0:01)
oh how i'd love to ride that, awesome shot.
(Nov 24, 2012 at 15:15)
BEAUtiful! And super fun lookin
(Dec 2, 2012 at 7:43)
Some of you spend entirely TOO much time on Reddit.....
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(Dec 2, 2012 at 4:37)
It took me ages to find the riders, nice x
(Dec 2, 2012 at 9:34)
I was like 'Where are the bikes?'
And then I saw light... Great POD!
(Dec 2, 2012 at 6:24)
Great landscape photo, but not enough actual bike-riding for my liking.
(Nov 24, 2012 at 12:02)
such a cool photo, amazing scenery! deffo worth a POD!
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(Dec 2, 2012 at 13:34)
Oh yeah I remember this summer on le2alpes....I love the ROCKY LINE!!!
(Dec 2, 2012 at 1:04)
Deux alpes France
(Dec 2, 2012 at 2:53)
Lord of the Rings: Mountainbike Edition.
(Dec 2, 2012 at 0:04)
"MOTHER OF GOD"
(Nov 25, 2012 at 2:58)
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