An Education in Speedriding

What is speedriding? Learn how big mountain skiing and human flight combine to create the new sport.
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By Scott Hart

"Speedriding is this whole new sport," says Miles Daisher as he explains the equipment needed to participate in the new hybrid sport that combines big mountain skiing with parachute flight. "You get your paraglider wing, and you shrink it down to a super small, high-performance wing."

In episode nine of Miles Above – the series documenting the extraordinary lives and adventures of the Red Bull Air Force team members – Miles gives us the rundown of how speedriding is done.

When you've got skis on – and you're flying these high-performance gliders – you can put yourself into places that nobody can get to

"You take off from the ground – you lay your wing out behind you on the ground, start skiing, and get your wing over your head," Daisher continues to expand on speedriding's possibilities. "When you've got skis on – and you're flying these high-performance gliders – you can put yourself into places that nobody can get to. It's super fun and it's the way of the future."

You have to have a parachute to do it – and that's speedriding

Click the video player above to follow the Air Force to Italy and Switzerland as they search to find the full capabilities of their speedriding rigs.

"Flying down these walls in Switzerland, right into Stechelberg, it's a magical thing – off 1,800 feet tall cliffs, " explains Daisher, "Then you come to another cliff that's too big to jump off of with skis, and you just fly off. You see people at the resort looking at these lines going 'how do people put tracks up there, how do you do that?' You have to have a parachute to do it – and that's speedriding."

Miss an episode of Miles Above? You can find the entire video series here.

 

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