So sad to learn of the death of Freeskier Matilda Rapaport in a Chilean avalanche.
In November 2015, Matilda made a short film explaining her motivation to go into the mountains, acknowledging the unpredictable nature of backcountry skiing but also the euphoria that comes with skiing a fresh line in challenging terrain.
‘There is a feeling that is shared with skiers all over the world. It’s nothing you can teach, learn or explain. It’s something you feel. Something you know. It stops you from sleeping during a snowstorm – knowing that fresh powder awaits you. It gives you the urge to continue hiking up the mountain when everyone else is stopping at the top of the ski lift. It hits you when looking back at your line at the bottom of a run, wanting to go back up and do it again. It’s a different way of looking at the world and something only a skier knows.’
Rest in Peace.