Vivian Bruchez, line maker
At just 29 years of age, Vivian Bruchez is a key figure in the world of the mountains and extreme skiing. Whether alone or accompanied by legends such as Kilian Jornet or Jonathan Charlet, his thing is donning his skis and opening routes that have only ever been climbed. We meet him here.
Vivian Bruchez is an artist. But you won't find canvases or brushes in his garage. Just the skis he uses to draw curves on the snowy slopes. White on white. No other colors are needed to illustrate an art that suits him down to the ground.
For several years now, this 29-year-old has been taking his skis to places that have never been skied. Slopes of the steep or preferably very steep variety are what rocks his boat."If the skis can get through widthways, I reckon it's OK," smiles the Chamonix native. Observing the mountains, defining new routes and skiing down the lines of mountaineers: welcome to the world of the Swiss army knife of the mountains who splits his time between his work as a sports club trainer and mountain guide, and his passion for opening new routes.
"I like discovering new places," explains Bruchez. "Heading to the mountains means heading for adventure. There are so many factors you have to take into account to reach an objective that something always happens that you hadn't thought of. I like to look at the mountains and try to track down places that haven't yet been skied."
A curiosity for his environment that hasn't escaped Sébastien Montaz-Rosset, a key filmmaker in the world of the mountains who's made "Downside Up", a film devoted to his exploits. A chance to immerse yourself in the world of a steep slope prodigy in wild and distant places that few mountain people are invited to.
But before getting to this point, the ski mountaineer flirted with the alpine ski world cup circuit before trying his hand at competitive ski cross and freeride. But the blue eyes of Vivian Bruchez were always drawn to the snowy peaks. The skier left the world of competition to follow his dream and climb the mountains before starting to put crosses in several Chamonix couloirs.
Through training in the mountains, he met another artist keen to paint new canvases on the faces of the region: Kilian Jornet. The ultra trail runner became a ski buddy. Bruchez: "Reaching your goals is great but what I like best of all is sharing moments of pure happiness with my ski buddies. There's something very powerful about hanging out and sharing this together."
Under the leadership of Sébastien Montaz-Rosset, Vivian Bruchez also wears the hat of cameraman. He's part of the team that follows Jornet on his craziest challenges. Few people are physically and technically capable of following the man known as The Extraterrestrial.
Vivian Bruchez is one of these rare individuals.A cameraman, guide, instructor, skier, snowboarder and explorer.If you're trying to track down Vivian Bruchez, look up to the peaks and you just might find him.