Candide Thovex, Take Two

If you call yourself a skier, you must watch this

In homage to Malcolm Gladwell and Grantland.com’s Bill Simmons annual e-mail exchange, POWDER Editor John Stifter and POWDER Senior Correspondent Mike Rogge caught up to talk about CANDIDE’s latest iteration—”One of Those Days 2″—which makes all of us skier dorks drop everything we’re doing, forget about our principles, and watch HIM ski for five beautiful minutes.

Editor’s Note: As established in CANDIDE Geek-Out Superfan volume one, we refer to CANDIDE in all CAPS since he’s the closest thing to a ski God.

From: “Rogge, Mike”
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:06 AM
To: “Stifter, John”
Subject: Je suis Candide

Good Morning, John. Happy New Year. Have you seen the edit?

HE has returned. This time, however, is more significant. Our friend (LOL, HE’s our HERO) broke his usual code of silence. In the wake of the devastating attacks on satirical French magazine Charle Hedbo, CANDIDE Thovex issued this statement via social media. We can make jokes all day, getting caught up in our little ski world. This move rings true. CANDIDE is pure class. As I wrote in an email to you that day, łanother reason to respect CANDIDE.˛ Like the late J.P. Auclair, CANDIDE exemplifies the calling of being professional. And then, after showing restraint in the go-go social media landscape, the edit drop and hot damn was it worth the wait.

A post from Candide Thovex in response to last week's tragedy in Paris.
A post from Candide Thovex in response to last week’s tragedy in Paris.

From: “Stifter, John”
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:13 AM
To: “Rogge, Mike”
Subject: Je suis Candide

Morning, Mike.

I’m still sickened by what transpired in Paris. You try and count your blessings every day, and then horror like that strikes. It really makes you wonder how much faith you can put into humanity and why shitty things continue to happen. But then you realize that for every asshole, there are quintuple the amount of CANDIDE Thovexes out there. I wouldn’t expect any different response from CANDIDE to the massacre in Paris. HE’s always been from the heart and true to himself.

And now, this morning, we can celebrate life and beauty and being amazed for positive purposes. God Bless you, CANDIDE, for this edit.

From: “Rogge, Mike”
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:36 AM
To: “Stifter, John”
Subject: Je suis Candide

There are many blessings in this edit: a right 5 to switch left 5 is certainly one of them. I’ve wanted to do that combo forever, along with the ability to 360 off of any knoll, nook, or, you know, cave jump I come across.

While breaking down this edit piece by piece would be fun, I want to talk about quality content on the Internet. There is certainly no shortage of GoPro quick hits online. Sage following Pep down Alta was nice, but Candide’s edits do better because they’re not quick. I imagine HE spent weeks working on staging those 360s over racers, onto the deck to switch in the gondola. That level of detail and creativity is lacking in online content. We live in a world where making the next great piece of art isn’t valuable. Perhaps because the fear is one will be left behind while putting time and effort into their work. CANDIDE’s five-minute edit, long by GoPro edit standards, is a nice reminder that time, effort and creativity yield great, enjoyable work.

The coolest cave in the world.
The coolest cave in the world.

From: “Stifter, John”
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:43 AM
To: “Rogge, Mike”
Subject: Je suis Candide

Don’t forget the fact not a single logo exists in this edit. How unique is that?

To your larger point, it goes to show that hard work and planning and vetting will usually produce greatness of some kind… Not to mention a dub 10 and that cave shot. Are you kidding me?? “Uh, yeah guys, I’m gonna ski through this cave and then pop a flat 3 right to my feet…” Otherwordly. Alien. CANDIDE.

Speaking of valuable art, what’s your favorite Candide fly-over shot in this edit:

1. Boosting over a GS racer
2. The random bystander on the cat track
3. Ski patrollers and toboggan
4. The kid and mom holy-shitting themselves on the lift?

Mav and Goose could learn a thing or two with this: the coolest fly-by ever. What up, lifty!
Mav and Goose could learn a thing or two with this: the coolest fly-by ever. What up, lifty!

From: “Rogge, Mike”
Date: Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 9:43 AM
To: “Stifter, John”
Subject: Je suis Candide

100 percent the lift shot. 200 percent the lifty waving his arms. Five great moments exist in this edit:

5. CANDIDE strapping his goggles on in the mirror and a GoPro is nowhere to be seen.
4. Birds transition from porch to ski hill.
3. Slash shot transition when CANDIDE skis through another skier’s spray
2. Dub 1080
1. 360 over:
1. Racer
1. Ski patrol toboggan
1. Deck rail to sundeck filled with WITNESSES TO HIS GREATNESS to rail slide to switch to gondola*

*I have no idea how hard it is to ski over a gondola loading dock switch, but my gut says it’s difficult.

A couple questions for you, John: Is it weird that two men hovering around age 30 interrupt productive days by going into deep details about an Internet edit?

How many views does this video end up with? Do views matter? The first “One of Those Days” is at 1.4 million views on YouTube.