Nico Vuignier uses the mountain very differently to that of most in his home, Switzerland, escaping from a generation of park rats into the wilderness, with some seeing him as the next Eric Pollard, seen as he spends most of his time in the backcountry of Europe, specifically French Switzerland. His segments, such as his parts in Awone films and his own, just seem to have a different vibe than many others, and with this it expands his horizons. Throw him at something, and he'll get it done, whether it's park or natural features. He also has a lively tumblr, full of personal gifs and his own pictures from both his skiing and his life. (http://nicovuignierblog.tumblr.com) I felt it would be good to see what goes on underneath the facemask and what plays into his ears and what inspires his segments. Just a short insight into his inspirations
Nicolas: From the Greek name Νικολαος (Nikolaos) which meant "victory of the people" (Nico at the Swatch Cup)
Moment you got hooked on Skiing?
I guess the first day of skiing when I was a kid, I can't really remember, for me its as if I was born hooked on skiing.
The song playing in your head or I-Pod on your first Cork 3?
Mobb Deep Shook Ones Part 2 - trying to imitate Tanner Hall's Cork 3s
Favourite video part song of all time?
Rob Dougan - Clubbed to Death (Kurayamino Variation) - Pep Fujas Session 1242
Favourite Video Part and why?
Jake Blauvelt in Forum or Against 'em - banging part riding only natural terrain, it changed my way of looking at a mountain
Your ultimate skiing playlist?
It depends on your mood but here's a pick out of the blue
Moment of Truth - Gangstarr
You Came Up - Big Pun
Why can't there be love - Dee Edwards
E=MC2 Ft. Common - J Dilla
None Shall Escape the Judgement - Johnny Clarke
Worst songs you like?
Yung Lean - Gatorade (#sadboys2002)
The song that defines your skiing?
Whirlwind Thru Cities - Afu-Ra
What made you choose your style of filming and editing over "normal" segments?
I didn't really choose, I simply try to stay curious and watch tons of things outside of the skiing/snowboarding edits to get inspired. Doing that might reflect on the way I edit.
Nico cork 3ing into summer at Saas Fee
The ultimate line you have ridden?
Still looking for it.
Your dream trip?
Japan would be nice
Nico mid flight, Zermatt
The line you want to get down?
I don't really have one, I'd like to find the perfect line where you can have 3-4 natural hits and still keep a good flow...
Bluntin, Crans Montana
Check out "Je Vais Au Rêve | Full Film" here: http://vimeo.com/78976029
Nico's 2013 season edit