By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 9 years ago January 13, 2015

VIDEO: Salomon Freeski TV - Lost Village

Val de la Clarée is one of the last quiet corners of the French Alps, but it could have been very different. In the 1970's a proposed highway and tunnel threatened to open the valley up to development, but the local farmers and residents protested.

Mark Abma, Leo Ahrens, Tony Lamiche and Timothée Theaux visit this quiet valley to live off the grid in a restored chalet for a week of skiing under their own power.

"Sometimes we protest, but mostly we fight by living here. By living simply, enjoying the clear mountain air and sharing it with our friends."

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Sam Collentine


Sam Collentine is the Chief Operating Officer of OpenSnow and lives in Basalt, Colorado. Before joining OpenSnow, he studied Atmospheric Science at the University of Colorado, spent time at Channel 7 News in Denver, and at the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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