The Faction Collective Presents – La Grave – video

December 3rd, 2018

Mountainwatch | Video

With no ropes, no pistes and no one telling you where you can and can’t go, La Grave represents a very special type of freedom rarely found in other alpine ski areas.

Narrated by a community of locals who have been freeriding in La Grave for the past two decades, and who still reside there today, this short ski film follows Sam Anthamatten and Johnny Collinson as they discover the steep faces, burly lines and unique collective spirit at the heart of La Grave.


La Grave, France. Photo:: Faction Collective

“The skiing brought me here, but the community kept me here.” – Joe Vallone, Mountain Guide

When you can ski that much vertical, that fast, with that kind of access, with minimal crowds, it’s kind of hard to go anywhere else…” – Joe


Sam Anthamatten and Johnny Collinson preparing to drop. Photo:: Faction Collective

Banff Mountain Film & Book Festival Official Selection

Starring: Sam Anthamatten, Johnny Collinson, Benjamin Ribeyre, Joe Vallone, Bruno Florit, Russel Turner

Direction & Cinematography: Etienne Mérel

Aeriel Cinematography: Bluemax Media

Photography: Tero Repo

Filmed on location: La Grave


La Grave is as majestic as it is menacing. Photo:: Faction Collective