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Sylvain Saudan: The Skier of the Impossible

Sylvain Saudan: The Skier of the Impossible

Famously known as the pioneer of extreme skiing, Sylvain Saudan joins us for a special VIMFF evening.

Born in Lausanne in 1936, Sylvain is a Swiss mountain guide, ski teacher and an international lecturer.

He was the first to attempt extreme ski descents and was nicknamed by the media as “The Skier of the Impossible” when he first skied down “Couloir Gervasutti”, a 65 degree chute in the Alps.

Sylvain Saudan is before all an adventurer, a man who has opened the door to a new generation of extreme skiers and free riders.

His list of accomplishments is outstanding:

First descents in the Alps:
Couloir Whymper,
Couloir Gervasutti,
Couloir Marinelli,
The Eiger by the north west face,
Aiguille de Bionnassay by the north face,
Mont Blanc by the south face, Italian side
Grandes Jorasses by the south face.

First to climb and ski:
Mt Mc Kinley (Denali) in Alaska (6187m) in 1972
Nun Kun in Kashmir (7035 m) in 1977
Gasherbrum 1 in Pakistan (8068m) in 1982

Sylvain will be on the VIMFF stage to introduce two films about skiing the Grandes Jorasses and Denali and to host a live Q&A with the audience.