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Head for heights needed! Skiers brave Race the Face challenge

18 January 2019

Daron Rahlves, a former Alpine world champion, and Jeremie Heitz, a celebrated freeskier, raced down a giant slalom on the face of the Hohberghorn in Switzerland. Heitz came up with the race idea, which saw the pair ski more than 4000 metres downhill, whilst filming a documentary about the toughest descents in the Alps.

The pair had to wait more than a month for the perfect snow to collect on the glacial front of the mountain. They faced a tough climb, using ice axes, ropes and crampons, to set-up gates for the race. U.S. competitor, Rahlves, skied first and Swiss racer Heitz followed, just behind one of his skiing idols.