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Ski duo go head to head on 4000 metre glacier summit
Jérémie Heitz and Daron Rahlves Race the Face on a unique giant slalom course. It is the ultimate skiing showdown: one of the greatest freeskiers of his generation against his Alpine idol. Jérémie Heitz and Daron Rahlves do battle in Race the Face in a contest starting at over 4,000 metres down the face of Hohberghorn in Switzerland. Here is all you need to know: - The idea for the film was born while Heitz was filming for his groundbreaking La Liste as he tackled the toughest descents in the Alps for a documentary. His next idea was a giant slalom contest from the 4,129m summit of Hohberghorn. - His choice for his rival down its sheer face was an easy one. Heitz explained: “He’s my favourite skier. When I thought about this project I directly thought about bringing him here to try do a race against him in Switzerland.” - The pair were not just racing each other but the elements, waiting more than a month for the perfect snow to collect on the face’s glacial front. They then had to repel down using crampons and ice axes to test the conditions and set up gates for the ultimate ski race. - Rahlves admitted he didn’t hesitate when asked to take part. But as he put it: “It’s nuts – a ski race down an Alpine face. It’s been a project tough to pull off with weather factors and snow conditions. It’s a little bit more of the unknown and, when you face something new, you fear what the consequences will be and calculate the risks. It’s totally new to me.” - American Rahlves, a former world champion and 12-time World Cup winner during his career, was the first one down in their showdown, filmed by a drone tracking his every move. - The drone subsequently filmed Heitz’s every twist and turn, Heitz regarded as the quickest freerider in the world and one to have pushed the boundaries with his films to date, including this one. - Rahlves clocked a time of 26.440 with Heitz following him down in 27.720, a time difference of 1.28 seconds. - Heitz remarked, "I knew I couldn't fight against a Kitzbühel winner!"