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REFRESH FRIDAY: MICHAEL “BIRD” SCHAFFER

Age: 42 Years
Nickname: “Bird”

Michael “Bird” Shaffer is a legend, he has spent the last 20-plus years exploring and skiing much of the most technical terrain in France, in particular the terrain in the Chamonix valley, and can speak to the history and vibe of the place well beyond the average joe.

Named after the bird that flies over the Aguille du Midi by his fellow skiing brothers, Michael “Bird” Shaffer’s is probably the closest you get to nature embodied. Bird grew up in a commune where he learned to passionately live life to the fullest – the only limits were the ones he put on himself.

If skiing were to choose a spiritual creature, it’d do well to tap Michael Shaffer. Known simply as Bird, the renegade 42-year-old lives life off the ground, migrating between his native Washington and adopted home of Chamonix, while taking flight as part of the growing speed-riding contingent that combines paragliding with skiing.

Bird has helped evolve skiing, from ski extreme, to free ride extreme, learning while surviving in Chamonix for the past 20 years, he developed a style of skiing, fast and fluid in exposed places.  To this end I have lost many friends, as anyone at any time can make a mistake.  I am fortunate to still be here, still learning to listen to myself and ski from the heart.

 

 

 

Geschreven door: Alex Timmer

With a football and CIOS background, this die-hard winter sports fanatic stepped on a snowboard for the first time when he was in his early twenties. Clearly not inherited from home but what was he sold after that first descent. He then also decided to make this profession his profession someday. This took a while to come … Alex, now in his early 40s, has mainly worked in the media. He has worked for Yahoo, Endemol, Tenfold and Infostrada, among others. Later he made the switch to winter sports at Skihorizon and Nortlander, among others. In 2008, he founded SnowRepublic, an online winter sports community supported by sponsors such as; Atomic, Snowworld, Salomon and O’neill. After setting up and managing this for six years, he sold it. Yet after a few years it started to tickle again. He was then often asked by acquaintances / friends to help shape their winter sports, the idea Snowplanners was born! For Alex, snowplanners equals entrepreneurship, friendship, adventure, mountains, snow, sportiness and fun. What could be better than a shared passion, a fantastic group of people with the same DNA. The Snowplanners professionals provide the best tailor-made winter sports trips and also write about all adventures and winter sports news.

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Alex Timmer

With a football and CIOS background, this die-hard winter sports fanatic stepped on a snowboard for the first time when he was in his early twenties. Clearly not inherited from home but what was he sold after that first descent. He then also decided to make this profession his profession someday. This took a while to come … Alex, now in his early 40s, has mainly worked in the media. He has worked for Yahoo, Endemol, Tenfold and Infostrada, among others. Later he made the switch to winter sports at Skihorizon and Nortlander, among others. In 2008, he founded SnowRepublic, an online winter sports community supported by sponsors such as; Atomic, Snowworld, Salomon and O’neill. After setting up and managing this for six years, he sold it. Yet after a few years it started to tickle again. He was then often asked by acquaintances / friends to help shape their winter sports, the idea Snowplanners was born! For Alex, snowplanners equals entrepreneurship, friendship, adventure, mountains, snow, sportiness and fun. What could be better than a shared passion, a fantastic group of people with the same DNA. The Snowplanners professionals provide the best tailor-made winter sports trips and also write about all adventures and winter sports news.

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10-01-2020

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