Lessons of the high-alpine: A conversation with Chamonix mountain guide Vivian Bruchez
WORDS • Andy Cochrane
“I want to share things, not show things,” said Vivian Bruchez, in a matter of fact way. At 33, the IFMGA-certified guide, professional skier and father of two has entered the next chapter in his career. “I’m not worried about big jumps, huge lines or races anymore. My work is about education.”
Born and raised in Chamonix, Bruchez is fluent in French, English, and the parlance of big mountains. His roots run deep in the valley, dating back nearly 400 years. Both of his parents worked as ski instructors and, along with his two siblings, Bruchez started alpine racing at just four-years-old. At 16 he switched to freeride competitions. After four years in the high stakes circuit, he decided to leave and focus on guiding.
“I remember thinking: ‘If I can climb that, I can ski it, too,’ and this got me into steep skiing. There is so much around the Chamonix, which definitely inspired .... Continue Reading at Free Skier