During the first stages of the 2014 search for freeride lines in the Swiss Alps, Ramon Hunziker was set back by the snow still laying fresh in the mountains. Eager to ride, the first of four episodes follows the seasoned Swiss athlete and his crew to the French Alps for the Chatel Bike Festival.
For those who ski, it doesn’t get much better than finding fresh powder in the Alps. For mountain bikers the goal isn't much different as they search for the chance to experience flawless, untouched freeride lines. But do these kinds of conditions even exist in the Alps? In 2013, Ramon set out to answer this question. Not completely satisfied with the results, this season, the search continues. This four episode series shows the ups and downs of the project complete with some gnarly freeride action.
The 2014 season arrived with problems Ramon and his team couldn’t control: the heavy spring snowfall still covered many of the best lines in the Swiss Alps. Instead, Ramon and fellow riders Andreu Lacondeguy and Nico Vink jumped the board to ride some big jumps and freeride lines in the French Alps which turned out to be an epic start to the season.
The first episode of Ride the Alps shows the versatility of Ramon Hunziker and fellow team riders, Antoine Bizet of France and Kenny Smith of Canada, as they shred big jump lines as well as the bike park of Chatel. Between huge overshoots and even bigger crashes, the riders show what freeride mountain biking is all about.
Follow Ride the Alps next episode when Ramon discovers new lines in the mountains of Bern and Grisons.