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VOLCOM CHAMSHACK 2018

Following the success of the joint Volcom Snow Team House/Marketing Facility in, which we’ve held since the winter of 2004, we figured that doing something particularly for our beloved French snow accounts was long overdue. It turns out not everyone can be bought with Beers & Schnitzels!

Besides, the French Alps are, after all, home of arguably THE most impressive chunks of rocks in all of Europe.
Many French location options were initially considered (Val D’isere, Portes Du Soleil, La Grave, etc) but in the end all roads and arrows pointed at Chamonix. There’s just no escaping this mythical village, or small town if you like, equally adored as it is feared and even dreaded.

Given our commitment to making outerwear as technically advanced and rider-appealing as any mountain gear manufacturer out there, then field testing it in the harshest conditions available, (Be it on top of Aiguille du Midi mid-Blizzard or inside Elevation Bar during Scando happy hour)
Chamonix was chosen faster than CGT can set up a road block.
Voila! Deal sealed

We took over a ravishing Chalet for a 3-week period, then sent out invites to our dearest accounts to come join us in celebration of life, aka snowboarding.
What better place to get better acquainted with Volcom’s proprietary Zip Tech, Face Tech and TDS technologies than while riding and taking in the stunning, unrivalled high-alpine beauty of the Chamonix valley?

A typical day started with a massive breakfast prepared by one of our marketing clowns, then assessing conditions, picking the right outerwear for the conditions and finally deciding, in close conjunction with one our guides, which mountain to grace with our presence.
Snow Team riders Arthur Longo, Vale Ducourtil, Oli Gittler and many others all came by for various periods of time, entertaining and pushing our guests beyond their abilities, while showing them what’s possible on a snowboard when not spending your life in an office. Then, in hot pursuit close behind or slightly ahead (All depending on the best angle) was our long-time photographer extraordinaire Vernon Deck, immortalizing perhaps some of their finest riding ever captured on film and video as an added bonus for our dear visitors.

Come 4 pm it was Beer o’clock, either directly in our on-site wheels, the Volcom Snow motor home, or where ever the nearest beer on tap was to be found. Upon returning to our chalet, showering & snacking, it was time for massages, movies, story talk or simply chilling..
Then at nite off we went to one of our many mouth-watering restaurants of choice, before returning back home to the good ole Chamschack chalet to sleep, dream of what tomorrow brings and repeat.

On the rare occasion that someone wasn’t falling over by now but surprisingly still had juice in them for more, young stallion Vince was always standby, frothing to undo the top button of his shirt and let them chest hairs hit the highly gender-disparity challenged Chamonix nightlife.
Would you expecting anything else? Your friends at Volcom Snow always keeps an eye open for every scenario. But that is a story all of its own.

Merci Beaucoup to everyone who came to visit us, our guides, Man & Wolf Beer, Chamonix itself, Nitro and Korua for boards00_HEADER_

01_WELCOME TO THE VOLCOM CHAM SHACK HOUSE 2018

WELCOME TO THE VOLCOM CHAM SHACK HOUSE 2018

02_Happy camper

Happy camper 

03_Snow legend Polo Tornado from Laboshop with style

Snow legend Polo Tornado from Laboshop with style

04_Sure beats a day at the office

Sure beats a day at the office

05_Valé Ducourtil, Polo Tornado, and Mr Caule spliting

Valé Ducourtil, Polo Tornado, and Mr Caule spliting

06_Tailgrab with the freak Mat Siboni L'1prévue shop

Tailgrab with the freak Mat Siboni L'1prévue shop

07_The reward of a good split session

The reward of a good split session

08_It's important to celebrate when you have a good day

It's important to celebrate when you have a good day

09_Vallée Blanch mission with Valé and the group

Vallée Blanch mission with Valé and the group

10_Valérian digs Vanilla Ice

Valérian digs Vanilla Ice

11_Le Brevent side view

Le Brevent side view

12_Our guide Paul at Le Tour

Our guide Paul at Le Tour

13_David was always the first to sertve up cold ones. Here with the Black Cats boys !

David was always the first to sertve up cold ones. Here with the Black Cats boys !

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