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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. On his own or skiing with legends like Kilian Journet and Jonathan Charlet, his thing is opening up new skiing routes. We meet him here.

Vivian Bruchez, line maker


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. Exploring; setting off into the unknown. You never know what you’re going to find under the surface. You feel a touch apprehensive. That makes it all the more exciting; you say to yourself: ‘Right, let’s go and see what this is all about’. 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."

T’es pas bien là ? (Downside Up)

A curiosity for his environment that hasn't escaped Sébastien Montaz-Rosset, a key filmmaker in the world of the mountains who's made "T'es pas bien là (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.



Meeting with the ultra-runner

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 mountain buddy.

Bruchez: "Reaching your goals is great but what I like best of all is sharing moments of pure happiness with my mountain 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. This summer he had immortalized Jornet’s exploits on Everest.

“What I love is to keep being able to find new stuff to do, experiencing new adventures. But I don’t think I’ll still be doing this in ten years’ time. I’ve got other ideas for what comes next. Not necessarily at high altitude, but more based on travelling and combining several disciplines.”

In the meantime, Vivian Bruchez still skis in the Argentière basin. 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.


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