By Sam Collentine, Meteorologist Posted 1 year ago December 28, 2022

WATCH: La Zone

In the early 2000s, a handful of riders discovered an off-the-radar area on the French-Swiss border that held massive potential for shooting freestyle snowboarding. The mountain pass featured rolling terrain punctuated by steep rollovers that are perfect for building jumps. Over the next decade, La Zone would become one of the most productive and standard-setting locations for filming freestyle snowboarding in all of Europe.

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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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