Davide Capozzi and Luca Rolli spent the whole last season riding and filming together in the Mont Blanc range. The result of their hard work is now available in the form of the film "Mont Blanc: The Land of Toys.
In combination with the release, we took the opportunity to make a short interview with Davide, in order to get a bit of background of the movie.
The cinematography looks stunning in the film. Did filming have any effect on your riding or decision making? How was it coordinating with Luca or having him on slope with you while riding this terrain?
I tried to ride like I always do, but to have Luca filming a few meters behind me drifting at full speed with a stabilizer and camera in hand wasn’t easy: a lot of things had to work out in order to get a good shot.
I remember that the most intense moment was at the couloir dell'Eperon North-East of Courtes. There was perfect snow for Luca, as he could reach incredible speed sliding. Me and Julien were focused not to make any mistakes and to keep up, since Luca often was faster than us. Amazing!
You and Luca have been riding together for quite a long time. What motivated you to finally make this film together?
Luca is a very experienced mountaineer and mountain guide. The last years he has been working on his photo and filming skills, since it has always been one of his biggest passions. In all our previous adventures, he has focused also on telling stories with photo and film.
Not everyone has the skills and experience to climb and ski exposed faces up to 50 ° with camera gear. So when he proposed the idea of the film "Mont Blanc " I thought it could be a great opportunity to show people something beautiful.
The kind of riding you do, requires a lot of snowboarding and mountaineering skills. How did you get into steep riding, and did you have any mountaineering skills from before?
I started snowboarding in 1989, and the first descents in high alpine mountains I made in 2002. I had some basic mountaineering skills, even though this was my weakness. But I was motivated to learn more. I’m very thankful to my friends who have taught me so much, and still do, and with whom I have the chance to go to the mountains every day.
Your alpinist riding forces you to encounter variable snow conditions, how does your Freeride Split handle those conditions?
One of the main qualities of Furberg’s splitboards, is that they are able to handle various types of snow. I personally find that the development of Daniel in the last two years has made the snowboards really adaptable to all conditions that can be found within a whole winter season. I’m able to use the same splitboard for the more demanding descents and for deep powder.
Can we look forward to seeing more film from you?
There are some ideas that I would like to do with Luca. The making of a film requires a lot of work and you have to devote much time, so it is difficult to predict. But the desire is there and the ideas too. So everything is possible and we hope to find more support from sponsors.
Davide rides The Freeride in 160 and The Freeride Split in 155.