Looking back on a decade.
Candide signs with Faction Skis
Faction and Candide agree to team up with the shared view to create a new generation of lightweight skis for all aspects of freeskiing, from park to backcountry to freeride. The start of a 10-year journey begins.
First Faction CT pro model skis are unveiled
The collection includes the park-specific CT 1.0, the backcountry / all-mountain CT 3.0, and the CT 0.5 for the groms. The models feature innovations such as flax and recycled-PET construction. The skis were among the lightest in their respective categories.
CANDIDE UNVEILS "FEW WORDS"
Candide unveils his film, "Few Words." The film wins Best Cinematography and Best Documentary at the Powder Awards in Utah. Candide wins Best Male Performance and the coveted Full Throttle Award, also awarded by Powder Magazine.
"Few Words" Sell Out World Tour
The film sells out live shows in 24 countries before dropping on YouTube, garnering millions of views and solidifying Candide’s remarkable story in freeski lore. Here Candide and Faction Co-Founder Alex Hoye celebrate the beginning of a 10-year relationship at one of several world tour premieres they attended together, this one in Faction’s home, Verbier.
"One Of Those Days" breaks the internet
Candide releases the web video that forever changes the world of freeskiing, and shifts how we see the mountain. The "POV" film showcases Candide skiing his home mountain of Balme in super-human mode. Amassing tens of millions of views, it is the first in a series of videos to go viral.
The award-winning CT 4.0 arrives
Candide works hand-in-hand with Faction to construct the first CT 4.0. A nearly symmetrical shape, coupled with a super-lightweight construction and stiff tips and tails allowed Candide to fully express his style of skiing. Here Candide and Faction co-founder Tony McWilliam review the 4.0's lightweight cores.
The ski goes on to become Candide's favorite model of all time, and his ski of choice for the next nine years.
Candide Opens S01E01 of WATFC
The first webisode in a series that spans three years goes live, marking the unofficial start of Faction's deep commitment to quality filmmaking. Candide opens the proceedings by slaying the Breckenridge snow park in signature form.
Candide invites us home for S01E03
Candide hosts the full Faction team for a full-throttle spring session in Balme. The edit showcases sunsets, hand-shaped booters, and Candide going absolutely huge. The memorable episode caps off the inaugural season of WATFC.
"One Of Those Days 2" breaks the internet, again
The skiing world stops turning as Candide drops "One Of Those Days 2." In its first week online the video is viewed 1.3 million times per day. It racks up 13 million plays in less than one month. Today, the video has been viewed 27 million times, and counting.
CT 2015/16 Series
Candide teams up with Audi for "Quattro" video
Candide releases his first film project with Audi. With no snow in sight, the video features Candide's legendary skiing through the grassy hills and forests of the Alps. The film is viewed over 1 million times on day one, and 2.5 million times in the first 3 days. Today, it has been viewed over 7.5 million times.
"One Of Those Days 3" Completes Trilogy
In the third and final installment of his legendary web series, Candide constructs and navigates snow tunnels; he’s towed by a horse; he lands a massive air on a grass slope; he jumps over a helicopter with its rotor blades spinning; he gaps a group of road bikers, a paraglider and gnarly rock piles, too, redefining what is possible on skis, yet again.
CT 2016/17 Series
Candide wins Powder Magazine's Skier of the Year award
Candide makes a rare North American appearance, collecting the award for Skier of the Year at the 17th annual Powder Awards in Breckenridge, Colorado. Powder, referencing Candide's "One of Those Days 3" edit, jokes, "Thovex drove 2,000 kilometers to find the perfect road gap. Yes, you can win the Powder Awards without skiing on powder—if you’re Candide."
CT 2017/18 Series
Candide welcomes Henry Sildaru to Balme, for "This is Home"
What happens when two generations of freeskiing talent cross tracks? In this segment from "This is Home," the young prodigy Henry chases the legendary Candide down his home mountain of Balme, La Clusaz — the unique segment celebrates Candide's powerful influence on emerging skiers.
Candide crowned Powder Poll Skier of the Year, again
Candide earns top honors for the second straight year. In a virtual acceptance speech, Candide reminds the world where his priorities lie: “I apologize that I could not make it to the Powder Awards this year," he said, "snow came early here in La Clusaz."
Candide and Audi release "Quattro 2: Ski The World"
Candide's most ambitious project to date takes us on a tour of the the world's most incredible landscapes. Candide skis some of the most breathtaking environments across the world, all without any snow in sight. The project requires nine months to research and scout appropriate locations; it is filmed over the course of three months at over 30 locations, in 10 countries. The film is viewed 65M+ times in its first two weeks online.
CT 5.0 LTD sells out in less than 24 hours
Hand-numbered and limited to 200 pairs, exclusively in the 183cm length, the green-and-tan-colored, 122-mm-waisted CT 5.0 LTD builds upon the framework of the original CT 4.0 and adds exciting new tech: including the lightweight Hybrid Core, extended rocker, and the Anti-Chip Micro Cap for durability.
CT Series 2018/19
Candide wins multiple Cannes Lions awards
"Ski the World" is awarded four times at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, championing creative excellence since 1954. The film wins a Gold Lion for Content Creation; a Gold Lion for Social Video; a Silver Lion for Sectors > Automotive; and a Silver Lion for Online > Non-fiction.
Candide wins Powder Poll Skier of the Year, completing three-peat
The release of "Ski The World" is enough to earn Candide Powder Magazine's Skier of the Year crown for a third straight year.
R&D work begins to revamp the CT 2.0 and 3.0 models
New CT 3.0 arrives and sweeps awards
The all-new 112mm waisted CT 3.0 makes its debut and is hailed as "the perfect one ski quiver for the rider who is always on the lookout for fresh goods and needs a lightweight, versatile ski to rip up the whole mountain." The ski earns coveted awards including Powder Magazine Skier's Choice and Freeskier Editor's Pick.
Candide films and releases "A Bit of Skiing"
A bit of skiing, Candide style. This 2 minute release follows Candide in his classic style, proving once again that he's the best freeskier to have ever done it.
Candide unveils his most complete ski collection to date
Candide unveils his most complete ski collection to date, including updates core profiles to bolster durability without sacrificing weight. The skis feature Candide's Signature Shape: moderately tapered tips and tails, complemented by an Elliptical Radius Sidecut; Signature Flex: a combination of stiffer tips and tails and a softer mid-section; and Signature Stance: a mounting point at the narrowest point of the ski.
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Faction and Candide announce close of 10 year partnership, Faction shares sincere appreciation of the legend
121/90/121 mm.Is Candide Thovex the best skier in the world? ›
Candide Thovex is widely considered to be the greatest freeride skier of all time.Why is Candide leaving faction? ›
After 10 years working together to develop award-winning skis, both parties feel we have achieved what we set out do. Now, with exciting new adventures to explore, we head on our different paths with great memories and respect. We wish Candide nothing but the best on his journey ahead.Is Candide Thovex retired? ›
The 2021-22 CT Signature Series is therefore confirmed as the final collection of Candide Thovex Pro Model skis by Faction, available at Faction retail partner stores across the globe and online at factionskis.com.How do I know what size XC ski to get? ›
What size cross-country skis to choose? To calculate the length of your classic cross-country skis you should add 15 to 20cm to your height. Your weight and skiing ability should also be taken into account.How do I know my ski size? ›
The general rule is for your skis to measure somewhere between your chin and the top of your head. With expert level skiers often choosing skis slightly above their head. SIZE SHORTER, CLOSER TO CHEST IF: Child's weight is less than average for their height.Who is the best male skier ever? ›
Ingemar Stenmark of Sweden
He remains one of the most successful skiers of all time with 86 wins in international races.
Big mountain skiing emerged as a new discipline in the early 1990s. Big mountain skiers are usually experts and demonstrate their skill on steep, often rugged terrain. They jump from different mountain features, as well as negotiate chutes, cliffs, wind lips, and steep powder terrain.Is Candide a guy or a girl? ›
Candide as a girl's name is of Latin origin meaning "clarity or whiteness".
Candide by Voltaire
Candide was another book which was banned upon its release in 1759 by the Great Council of Geneva and the administrators of Paris. It was later banned in the United States in 1930 for obscenity.
Cunégonde is a fictional character in Voltaire's 1759 novel Candide.Who is Candide Thovex sponsored by now? ›
Rossignol Skis has just announced the addition of Candide Thovex to the Scratch Pro Team. Candide joins Henrik Windstedt, Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Rory Bushfield, and Giggie Couttet on the team.What boots does Candide use? ›
mystery3 IIRC he rides ancient Salomon SPK and has a stash in a vault buried deep in the Alps somewhere Bond Villain style.How long do cross-country skis last? ›
The average skier replaces their skis every 8 years (source). For the best performance, you can get 100-125 ski days before the ski starts to deteriorate – but this does depend on your weight, ski style and how well-maintained the ski is (source).Can you downhill ski with cross-country skis? ›
Cross country skis aren't built to go downhill, though they can in some situations. If you're looking to downhill ski, it's best to purchase a pair of skis that are specifically designed for downhill only to have the best experience.How do you tell if your skis are too short? ›
If you go too short, your skis will feel squirrely at speed and you'll feel like you're going over the handlebars every time you pressure the front of your boot. Go too long, and you'll feel like you need a siren and a bullhorn to get people out of your way because you just can't turn the darn things.What do ski size numbers mean? ›
All modern skis have a set of dimensions; three numbers that determine their width. For example, a ski might have this printed on it: 122-86-115. This means they have a width of 122mm towards the tip (the widest point), a waist width of 86mm (under the foot), and a tail width of 115mm.Who is the greatest female skier of all time? ›
Mikaela Pauline Shiffrin (born March 13, 1995) is an American World Cup alpine skier who has the most World Cup wins of any alpine skier in history (men or women) and is considered one of the greatest alpine skiers of all time. She is a two-time Olympic Gold Medalist.Who is the most dominant female skier? ›
Mikaela Shiffrin continues to break records on the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup circuit, and - after she broke the overall wins record of Ingemar Stenmark – we take a look at her dominating career in numbers (stats updated after the World Cup Finals giant slalom in Soldeu, Andorra on 19 March 2023). 17 global medals.
Answer: Men Alpine Skiers are faster on average approximately by a second at 200 meters. The explanation and reasoning can be found below.What percentage of skiers are male? ›
Sarah Lyall of the New York Times wrote about the body types and training methods of downhill skiers, who build enormous thighs and ample rear ends because their training regimen depends on leg presses and squats. It's part of the game, and thus there's a consequence they're required to deal with.What is considered an advanced skier? ›
Level 5 – Advanced
You can ski all pistes with no problems including steep black runs. You can also ski off piste using parallel turns in the fall-line with reasonable control of your direction and speed. You may still be finding steep and deep snow a little difficult.
Level Five skiers are intermediates who are confident on easy blue runs and ski mostly parallel but may at times use the wedge to begin a turn or to stop. You still may be cautious on intermediate trails that are slightly steep or icy.Why is Candide so famous? ›
Published in 1759, Candide is considered Voltaire's signature work, and it is here that he levels his sharpest criticism against nobility, philosophy, the church, and cruelty.What does Candide mean in English? ›
adjective. guileless [adjective] honest; sincere. a guileless person/smile. (Translation of candide from the PASSWORD French-English Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)Why is Candide famous? ›
Candide, satirical novel published in 1759 that is the best-known work by Voltaire. It is a savage denunciation of metaphysical optimism—as espoused by the German philosopher Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz—that reveals a world of horrors and folly.Why was the book Candide so controversial? ›
Through Candide, he assaults Leibniz and his optimism. Candide has enjoyed both great success and great scandal. Immediately after its secretive publication, the book was widely banned because it contained religious blasphemy, political sedition, and intellectual hostility hidden under a thin veil of naivety.What religion is Candide? ›
Candide also criticizes religion as a means of making judgments about the world. Despite his good character and judgment, Candide is unfairly mistreated by religious zealots of all kinds, who take him to be an enemy because of his ignorance of their beliefs and doctrines.
The message of Candide is that all is not for the best and that this is not the best of all possible worlds. Voltaire argues that evil serves no teleological purpose and that optimism is absurd.Who has Candide killed? ›
Don Issachar arrives to find Cunégonde and Candide alone together, and attacks Candide in a jealous rage. Candide kills Don Issachar with a sword given to him by the old woman. The Grand Inquisitor arrives to enjoy his allotted time with Cunégonde and is surprised to find Candide.Did Candide have a happy ending? ›
The Conclusion in Candide
Everyone he thought was dead reappears alive and relatively well at the novel's end. He is reunited with Cunégonde. And Pangloss, of course, is just as annoying to the reader as ever, but Candide is happy to see him and to find him well.
The philosopher states that the world is in a state of “unending warfare.” The Marquise seduces Candide and steals his jeweled rings. By manipulating Candide, the abbé learns that Candide has not received a letter from Cunégonde.Is Candide Thovex making skis? ›
The CT Signature Series
Candide Thovex's Signature skis are responsive, high performance machines for those who demand the very best from their equipment, just like the legend himself.
Candide Thovex was born 22 May 1982 in Annecy, in the Haute-Savoie area of France, and grew up in the village of La Clusaz. He learned to ski at the age of 2.5 in the Aravis region of the French Alps.Who sponsors Dave Ryding? ›
Speed, precision and the will to win: These attributes boost Britain's most successful-ever skier Dave Ryding and motor racers Kelvin van der Linde and Ricardo Feller. All three are sponsored by the Austrian Tirol destination of Gurgl and recently, the athletes met up at the Ötztal ski area.Who is the oldest Olympian competing this year? ›
The oldest this year is Norway's Torger Nergaard, who at 47-years-old, is competing in his sixth Olympic Games. "I always try to have fun, so that's the most important thing I think," Nergaard said.How many Croatian athletes are in the Olympics? ›
Croatian Athletes in the Olympics. Alltime overview
Olympian Database right now holds 449 Croatian athletes - 125 women and 324 men (including all medal winners).
Ecuador has won five medals at the Summer Olympic Games, with Jefferson Pérez having won the first two, after which the nation won three medals in Tokyo in 2021. The Comité Olímpico Ecuatoriano was created in 1948 and recognized in 1959.
There are five versions of Candide available to license; however, the original 1956 version is no longer available for performance.Who did Candide kiss? ›
One evening, Cunégonde and Candide meet behind a screen when leaving the dinner table. Cunégonde drops her napkin and Candide picks it up for her. They share a kiss before Cunégonde's father catches them and flips out.What size skis does Mikaela Shiffrin use? ›
The reason behind Shiffrin carrying multiple pairs of skis
Skis are quite heavy to carry. Shiffrin's slalom skis are 155 centimeters long, while her downhill skis are like 255 centimeters long. Shiffrin carries almost 25 skis per event, and usually, she participates in 3 events.
mystery3 IIRC he rides ancient Salomon SPK and has a stash in a vault buried deep in the Alps somewhere Bond Villain style. mystery3 IIRC he rides ancient Salomon SPK and has a stash in a vault buried deep in the Alps somewhere Bond Villain style.What skis does Dave Ryding use? ›
“Slalom race skis are my favorite of course, but if I have to choose a 'normal' ski, it would be the RC One 78 GT Twin Powerrail," says Ryding. "You can really get these skis whipping on the piste.” Ryding also believes that what resonates with him the most after being a part of the team since 2013 is the community.What skis does Marcel Hirscher use? ›
Hirscher Uses Atomic, But Head is Out in Front
For many years, the Atomic logo predominated on the podium – and this continues today, mainly because Hirscher still used their skis.
Level 7: “I am able to ride all blue terrain in varied conditions and working on easy black terrain, including bumps, trees, and terrain parks.” –All blue terrain and groomed black terrain. BLACK/EXPERT ZONE SNOWBOARDERS.What does Super G mean in skiing? ›
The supergiant slalom, or super-G, race is primarily a speed event, with many of the features of downhill skiing. The course is steeper and straighter than the other slalom events and features longer, more-sweeping turns taken at a higher speed. Just as in downhill, the winner…What does it mean that Mikaela Shiffrin skied out? ›
The 26-year-old American has twice done something she hardly ever does in international competition: "ski out" of a race. It's a dreaded term for elite ski racers, one that is usually accompanied by the letters DNF – did not finish – meaning a skier failed to complete the course and register a valid run.What are buttery skis? ›
A butter is a trick where you use the skis' flex to pop off of the slope into a rotation. During the trick, part of the ski remains in contact with the slope, typically the nose or the tail. Butters can be done off any future, but they are usually performed on flat snow or off of knuckles.
Eileen Gu – Faction Skis.What kind of skis does Lindsey Vonn use? ›
Lindsey received her High School diploma through this program. Why Did Lindsey Vonn Switch From Rossignol to Head Skis? Lindsey has skied on Rossignol skis most of her life.What skis did Shane McConkey use? ›
A few years later, Turner was in Squaw Valley with a foot of fresh snow and a quiver full of variations on McConkey's signature ski, the Huckster.What skis does Henrik Harlaut ride? ›
Henrik Harlaut | Armada Skis.What skis does Henrik Kristoffersen use? ›
Van Deer. Van Deer is a new generation of skis and with their no-compromise approach to skiing and equipment they align perfect with my values.What skis does Cody Townsend use? ›
Salomon MTN Explore
I use them for big days in the mountains when light weight is a necessity and in steep, technical ski mountaineering lines.
plural christies. : a skiing turn used for altering the direction of hill descent or for stopping and executed usually at high speed by shifting the body weight forward and skidding into a turn with parallel skis.What is an all rounder ski? ›
The allround carver is, as the name suggests, a very versatile ski. Versatile in this case does not mean that this ski is particularly well suited for any kind of terrain, but rather that it makes it relatively easy for the skier to handle most conditions on the slope.