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As the mountains thaw, rocks are coming loose from the ice, increasing the risk of injury or death for even the most experienced mountaineers

Le Probatoire is one of the toughest challenges in the outdoors, used for decades to pick alpine professionals in France's legendary hub of glacier skiing, climbing, and deadly terrain. Only the strongest make it, but Simon Akam wonders: Is selection by ordeal still the best way to groom competent guides?

'Hood to Trail,' from Yak Media and Stance, features three urban running crews as they figure out what it takes to be a trail runner

‘Frozen Mind’ features big-mountain snowboarder Victor de Le Rue​​​​​​​ riding the epic terrain of Chamonix

‘Photo Vagabond’ chronicles the ascent of photographer Dan Milner’s mountain-biking career

From Jaybird’s ‘Run Wild’ series, Chapter 4 profiles a group of female trail runners tackling the peaks around Chamonix.

Our running columnist is an expert in the track and road running scenes, but the ultra world isn’t exactly his beat. He dove in head first at UTMB.

A powerful storm swept the mountains over the weekend and killed more than a dozen people

A crew of skiers heads out to the hills around Chamonix, France for some night laps in this film Nocta II from Black Crows and Yucca Films.

The indie French brand reissues its classic aviator-shaped mountaineering glasses

From filmmaker Dino Raffault and Red Bull, Moonline features aerial athlete and skier Valentin Delluc speed riding on a 20-meter LED-equipped parachute.

This two-meter cabin perched atop the mountain is about as isolating as it gets.

Most days, filmmaker Sébastien Montaz-Rosset goes running in his backyard, which just so happens to be the mountains around Chamonix, France

Alpinst Emily Ward was determined to be a better climber than before her cancer diagnosis

The trick to scoring dreamy conditions and jealousy-inducing powder footage? Don’t plan ahead, and know how to fake it when the conditions aren't that dreamy.

105 miles and 30,000 feet of vert make this race one of, if not the hardest on earth.

The premium Swiss apparel manufacturer hits the dirt with new MTB gear.

Five of our favorite trips.

Ski and climbing guide Michael Silitch is the only American working for the Compagniedes Guides de Chamonix, the exclusive, secretive outfit that runs the show in France's most extreme winter-sports town. It's a good life, but like any outsider, he knows that no matter how hard he works, he may never make it all the way in.

Here's why ten Winter Olympics have been staged high in the Alps: James Bond glamour, beautiful slopes, and raging après—ski that lasts till 3 a.m.

Living well is a European tradition, but playing hard is the continent's secret passion. We discover five towns where you'll be both challenged and charmed.