2 years ago
Parachutes have enabled extreme athletes to go further, higher and, in this case, faster than ever before. It’s led to the development of para-skiing, which has evolved into its high-octane cousin “speed riding.”
Like a BASE jumper soaring down the side of a mountain, speed riders skim along the slope’s surface, alternating between lofty acrobatic jumps and cutting through knee-deep powder. Perhaps no place is better for this than Chamonix, the region around the Alps’ highest peak Mont-Blanc.
The nearby Aiguille du Midi, a 12,605-foot peak, is where speed riders Martin Schricke and Vincent Descols filmed the heart-pounding video below. Shot from their point-of-view, the clip puts gravity in check with its endless loop-de-loops over the untouched rugged terrain of the French Alps.