Climber and snowboarder Xavier de Le Rue will speak in Olympia on Tuesday as part of The North Face Speaker Series
His affinity for snow sports developed while a young child in the Alps. That led him to join an expedition to Antarctica last season. There he got to test his Alpine riding skills while exploring the steepest lines – and roughest seas – he’s ever seen.
De Le Rue is the winner of multiple snowboard cross world championship titles and X Games gold medals. He has been the snowboard Freeride World Tour champion three years in a row.
In the last four years, de Le Rue has concentrated on the filming snowboarding movies for his Web series “TimeLine.”
The 34-year-old French native now spends his down time in Verbier, Switzerland.
He will talk about his polar adventure during a showing of “Mission Antarctica.” De Le Rue and his team sailed from the Falkland Islands through the Drake Passage and in and out of the fjords of the Antarctic Peninsula while aboard a 65-foot boat.
“I went there out of curiosity, but I still remember that surprise on the first morning when I opened my eyes over the peninsula,” he said in a release about the film “Antarctica is the most powerful, beautiful, unexplored skiing spot on the whole planet.”
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the program begins at 7 p.m. at the State Theater, 204 Fourth Ave. E., Olympia. General admission seats are free, but seating is not guaranteed if the show is sold out. Reserved seats are $8 and VIP tickets are $20 and include a post-show reception and the chance to meet de Le Rue. You can get tickets at alpinex.com.