Extreme lines in the Alps

For alpinists, skiers, and kiters the Alps are a playground. Here, photographer Antoine Therizols takes us off-piste.
Winter skiing and alpinism

The Arête de la Grande Journée provides alpinists with a majestic panorama of Mont Blanc.

Winter skiing and alpinism

The Arête de la Grande Journée provides alpinists with a majestic panorama of Mont Blanc.

An early-morning start for alpinists

5am in Les Ecrins, and crampons crunch along the glacier.

In the shadow of the giants

When the peaks cast long shadows.

In the shadow of the giants

When the peaks cast long shadows.

Snowkiting, the art of using the wind as a ski lift.

Ants in the snow? No, rather the runners of the Pierra Menta competition.

Ants in the snow? No, rather the runners of the Pierra Menta competition.

Ants in the snow? No, rather the runners of the Pierra Menta competition.

Ants in the snow? No, rather the runners of the Pierra Menta competition.

Pick your path... between peaks and crevasses.

Pick your path between peaks and crevasses

Skis on their backs, mountaineers climb Mont Coin.

Skis on their backs, mountaineers climb Mont Coin.

Skis on their backs, mountaineers climb Mont Coin.

Skis on their backs, mountaineers climb Mont Coin.

Not everyone can be bothered with parallel turns.

When the storm rages at the summit.

When the storm rages at the summit.

A zig-zag trail to the top for these mountain athletes.