“Drifting” is a hot new sport, and it’s for experts only

May 6th, 2014 by

“Drifting was filmed on March 4, 2014 in the alpine bohemia called Aspen,” cites T-Bar Films on its Vimeo page. “Building from Aspen’s influence on American counter-culture, Drifting sought to push the limits of ski-acting and abandon all notions of professional film production.”

In the clip above, Pit Viper’s own Chuck Mumford dons the all-white getup, skiing in flat light scenarios, effectively creating the illusion of floating, or Drifting.

“Mumford has the appropriate body type and training to safely perform the drift,” writes T-Bar. Lesser professional skiers are said to avoid the drift due to “extreme tension placed on the skier’s knees.”

Furthermore, T-Bar reports, “The American Medical Association as well as the United States Ski and Snowboard Association have come out strongly against Drifting as an unnecessarily dangerous and unstable body position for alpine skiing.”

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Henrik Lampert loves hot dogs, backflips, the Boston Bruins and Norway. Twenty-seven years old and a Massachusetts native, he's the Editor of Freeskier Magazine and Freeskier.com—a proud staffer since 2010.