Ski the world
At age 35, Candide Thovex is already a legend in the world of sports. His show-piece discipline is freeriding – skiing on natural, off-piste terrain. As part of a collaboration with Audi, in recent months the native of France has been searching the world for spectacular new places to ski. And if you think that means wintry, snow-covered surroundings, you’re in for a surprise.
Now he’s continuing his work with Audi – and the results this time are no less sensational. Reunited with the Audi Q7, Thovex scoured the globe on a search for the right spots where he would attempt to conquer the most unconventional of slopes on his specially designed freeride skis. The crew steered clear of the well-known winter sports settings and focused on locations where there is no snow, in Europe, America and Asia. And Candide Thovex, of course, remained undaunted by the conditions they found, which were not exactly what anyone would call ideal for skiing.
The first stop was in the far northern reaches of Europe. Camping in the great outdoors, with a view of the fascinating northern lights – an unforgettable experience. After three nights in their tents, the team moved on to higher elevations, fortunately finding refuge in a small mountain hut when the weather suddenly took a dramatic turn for the worse during the shoot. The poor weather conditions isn’t what they will always remember, though – it will be Candide’s 360-degree jump from the grass-covered roof of their shelter.
Candide Thovex of France began perfecting his skiing skills very early in life – he was standing on skis as a two year old with his parents in the French Alps. Ski school at an early age really paid off: With loads of ambition and the necessary talent, at only 14 he took home the mogul division title at the French National Junior Championships. That laid the foundation for his career as a freestyle pro and later as a freerider, and which he crowned with many more titles.