The Holy Grail of Luc Alphand

Former Ski World Cup superstar Luc Alphand talks freeriding and about the ‘Holy Grail of skiing’.

© Thomas Leufen

“I didn’t know you could ski so well!” – this is what Luc sometimes hears from younger fans.

What they mostly know about Luc Alphand is his victory at the Rally Paris-Dakar in 2006, or maybe his good results at the Le Mans 24 Hours, maybe even his short-lived motocross racing career, which he pursued until an accident nearly cost him his legs.

What they don’t know is that before they were born, Luc Alphand from the small village of Serre-Chevalier (France) won the infamous Hahnenkamm Downhill in Kitzbühel no less than three times and owns five Crystal Globes: one for the overall Alpine Ski World Cup title in Slalom, Super G and Downhill, and four small Crystal Globes for the season titles in Downhill and Super G!

Portrait Luc Alphand, by Thomas Leufen
Luc Alphand© Thomas Leufen

You can have skied all your life, but heli-skiing, especially here, is the ultimate trip.

After his adventures in the snow and the sand, these days Luc mostly spends his time sailing – but he hasn’t forgotten skiing powder.

Each year, the former World Champion affords himself the pleasure of heli-skiing in Canada. For him it's no less than "the ultimate, the Holy Grail of skiing".

He reports from the Bugaboos range in the video above…

Luc Alphand heli-ski by Guillaume Desmurs
Luc Alphand after a day heli-skiing in Canada© Guillaume Desmurs