Photos: Speedriding may be the greatest thing ever

If you think skiing is fun, have you ever considered adding an element of flight? These guys have.
By Josh Sampiero
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Wild in Whakapapa
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Wild in Whakapapa Francois Bon touches down as light as a bird would in Whakapapa, New Zealand, North Island. © Tristan Shu
From a bird’s eye
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
From a bird’s eye The high-speed carving moment is captured perfectly from above. © Jerome Maupoint
Powdered paragliding
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Powdered paragliding A wingtip and ski tip both touch down on fresh snow to send powder flying. © Jerome Maupoint
Double, no trouble
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Double, no trouble Two speed-flyers go for synchronized infinity loops above the snow. No, they’re not about to crash. © Jerome Maupoint
Speed blur
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Speed blur This is about how fast it feels to be under a speed-riding wing. © Pete Webb
Rocky riding
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Rocky riding This rider touches down between rocks – but if it gets hairy, he knows he can pull out (and up) at any second. © Pete Webb
Twin turns
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Twin turns Two speed-riders swoop into a turn above the slopes. Whether you’re on skis or in the air, it’s all about pulling G’s. © Pete Webb
Arrive anywhere
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Arrive anywhere Speed-riding can often take you to places that are otherwise inaccessible. Cyrilde Pic and Francois Bon explore in the Vallee D’Aoste, in Italy. © Tristan Shu
A slope to yourself
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
A slope to yourself Untouched powder is all yours when you can access it with a paraglider. © Tristan Shu
I’ll take another, thanks...
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
I’ll take another, thanks... Did we mention endless un-tracked powder? Let’s mention it again. Francois Bon scores. © Tristan Shu
Ground clearance
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Ground clearance It’s almost a touchdown – almost. © Tristan Shu
My mountain
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
My mountain Francois Bon claims his line from the peak to the valley. © Tristan Shu
Crevasse? Who cares...
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Crevasse? Who cares... Speed riding is certainly dangerous – but it lets you avoid certain dangers, too. © Tristan Shu
Flying over Mordor
Skiing and paragliding is the most fun you can have on a mountain.
Flying over Mordor Francois Bon pays a visit to what appears to be the land of Mordor. © Tristan Shu