A tour of the French Alps
Pro skier Forrest Coots recently returned from a trip to La Grave and Chamonix, France. On his trip, he visited the Dynastar factory, where the company's skis are still made, and explored the surrounding mountains. Here, a storm begins to clear and Les Drus pokes out from the clouds.
California native and pro skier Forrest Coots spends his winters skiing and his summers working as a climbing guide on Mount Shasta. In March, he traveled to France with friends to see what the other side of the Atlantic had to offer.
Welcome to the Dynastar factory near Chamonix, France. During the low production season, the Dynastar factory produces 1,000 pairs of skis a day. During the peak production season, 2,000 pairs of skis are produced. Of those, 80 percent of the skis are made by hand.
Forrest Coots skis the trees off of the Helbronner cable car in Italy, on the other side of the Mont Blanc Tunnel from Chamonix. Friends from the Concept Pro Shop in Chamonix were kind enough to show the group around the powder-filled scene.
Forrest Coots packs his bags after 15 days of skiing in the Chamonix valley and heads south to La Grave.
La Grave, France
Forrest Coots walks the streets of La Grave, France. The magical vibe of this quiet French village resonates within every skier's soul.
Snow fell seven out of the group's nine days in La Grave. Tyler Jones and Forrest Coots head home in the evening to prepare for the following shred day.
French for Couloir
Forrest Coots exploring one of the many tubes that lead to the center of the universe in La Grave, France.
A man named Phillip feeds the birds in the afternoon while Moon the dog talks with the birds at the top of telepherique in La Grave, France.
Siblings That Ski
Forrest Coots and his sister, Hanne Myers, climb up the St. Anton couloir in La Grave, France.