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Sam Anthamatten : Mountain guide and steep slope wizard

His modesty is rivalled only by his technical mastery. Mastery that he uses to his advantage in numerous sports. The common denominator? The mountains.

Sam Anthamatten : Mountain guide and steep slope wizard

He explores the Himalayas with the same pleasure as he climbs the peaks of the USA. When he chooses a route on El Capitan, it has to be Freerider... a 7c with 35 pitches!

In the feverish excitement of freeride competitions, Sam Anthamatten sticks to the simplicity of his mountain ancestors. Well-liked for his endearing
personality and sense of humor, Sam is known for his attention to detail and infinite patience: he prepares his gear and works wood with the same perfectionism as he chooses his climbing route or freeride line.

A mountain guide in Zermatt, his life is built around the peaks. As well as his runs on the Freeride World Tour, he likes to play on steep slopes. What exactly does he mean by steep slopes? "The question is 'Can I get down a face like this?".

When you see some slopes that are just rock and ice, you think it's a "no-no". They're not places for skiing. More like climbing routes, practically impossible to ski down!

But then, with certain snow conditions, if you're a complete ski mountaineer, you can do it and it's just incredible.

Sam is a born man of the mountains who practices both ski mountaineering (for pleasure, while his brother, Martin, is a seasoned competition champion) and pure mountaineering with his other brother Simon, who won a Piolet d'Or award in 2009 for his ascent of the north face of Tengkangpoche with Ueli Steck.

Julbo White Session 2016

Conquer two iconic slopes with Samuel Anthamatten and Vivian Bruchez.

This winter, Julbo is once again inviting all ski fanatics to enter the 2016 White Session (one pro, one amateur and one iconic location). For this new edition, the lucky winner will enjoy the company of Vivian Bruchez and Samuel Anthamatten, spending 10 days in the Alps in May to take up a serious challenge: climbing and skiing Mont Blanc & Monte Rosa.


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