Engrained – Tignes, France


Photography by Ashley Barker, Henrik Lampert & Louis Garnier
Cinematography by Trent Ludwig and Julien Eustache

THE COMMON THREAD

Joffrey Pollet-Villard (JPV) is a different kind of pipe skier. He’s not in it for the money, maybe for the fame, but mostly to satiate an engrained internal drive to push himself and find the ultimate satisfaction in personal success. It’s with this mindset that he set out to attempt the World Record for biggest air in a Superpipe. The pipe was in pristine condition following the Ski Halfpipe World Cup Finals in Tignes, France. “It was the right time and the right place to try,” says JPV, who along with Giro teammates Simon D’ Artois, Mike Riddle, and Torin Yater-Wallace sessioned the perfect private pipe together before the attempt to get the feel of the transitions just right. JPV had a rocket brought in as a measuring stick for the world record attempt—an homage to Tintin’s red rocket, and an indication that JPV was ready to send it to the moon.

On day one of the attempt, JPV came close to the record, but snow conditions slowed him down. The pressure was on for day two, with a storm rolling in this was the last chance. On March 14, 2015, under sunny skies, JPV dropped in and pulled a massive alley-oop flat 5 traveling down the pipe and way up and over the red rocket setting a new world record for highest air in a Superpipe on skis at 26.3 feet (8.04 meters) above the deck of the 22-foot Superpipe.