Into The White | Snowboarding Backcountry British Columbia With A Helicopter and The World’s Best

Christian Haller talks to Mpora about the trip behind Giro's stunning new video 'Into the White'

“It’s the best feeling ever, when there’s a fresh layer of snow. You know it’s going to be a good day. Pure freedom.”

The words come from Christian “Hitch” Haller, the professional Swiss snowboarder and part of the Giro Snow team that recently descended on the British Columbian backcountry to film the stunning ‘Into The White’, which you can view above.

Christian Haller. All photographs: Giro Snow, King Fisher Heli BC, Adam Moran

It was Haller’s first real outing with a helicopter. Having grown up in the Engadine Valley in Switzerland he’s certainly no stranger to a freeriding paradise, but the 26-year-old admits the trip to Canada made him feel “like a kid in a candy shop”.

“Going on a heli trip for the first time was unbelievable,” Hitch told Mpora exclusively. “You can access so much more terrain and you get to look at it from a different perspective. It makes a huge difference for sure.

“The heli access just makes the whole trip way more productive. You can have a look at the line you’re going to ride from a whole different angle and make a plan. Plus you get to scope things way easier and it’s easier to choose your preferred line.

Hitch sends it down the mountain

“I actually got pretty nervous in the mornings because I was so excited to get up the mountain [on this trip]!”

With Bryan Fox, Curtis Ciszek, Nils Mindnich and Seth Huot making up the rest of the line up, and photographer Adam Moran and cinematographer Nathan Avila on sight to capture the action, the footage from B.C was always going to be something special, and the final product does not disappoint.

Bryan Fox in action

Haller was keen to praise the influence of filmer Nathan Avila – “[he] would help me figure out certain lines and tell me what looked good on camera” – and the rest of the riding crew on the impressive final turn out.

A good crew is key in the backcountry,” he told us. “Having people around with lots of knowledge about the backcountry and about snow conditions is very helpful.

“They probably push me but they don’t directly impact my riding style.

“Also, it’s always nice to have a different opinion on the line you’re doing to do… and snowboarding is more fun with friends anyways!”

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