Deep in the Pyre­nees of north­ern Spain, the wa­ter of a high alpine lake feeds hy­droelec­tric power to the small town of Ar­ties via a long, iron pipe­line. “I’ve seen the pipe my en­tire life,” says Suso Fol­gar, who grew up in the town, pop­u­la­tion 400. “As I got older, I al­ways dreamed of ski­ing it.” A north­west­fac­ing slope and deep, wind­blown snow pro­vided near per­fect ski­able con­di­tions for what Fol­gar and pho­tog­ra­pher Tx­ema Trull call the Hy­droelec­tric Couloir. “The ex­pe­ri­ence was mind-blow­ing,” said Fol­gar af­ter his first de­scent. “Ski­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial couloir opened my eyes to look­ing for new freeride lines, not just ones in the wilderness.”

Skier: Suso Fol­gar

Val d’Aran, Spain

Fe­bru­ary 22, 2015, 1:23 p.m. Photo: Tx­ema Trull

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