See This Speed Rider Narrowly Escape an Avalanche

Speed riders know the best way to avoid an avalanche: just fly over it.
By Josh Sampiero

We all know avalanches are to be avoided. But Frenchman Valentin Delluc has a unique way of doing so: flying. Watch the video above as the French speed rider drops into a line on the North Face of the Aguille du Midi and takes a few turns before sending lots of snow sliding down the mountain.

Sound dangerous? Well, it is, but if you're going to set off an avalanche, it's best to be prepared by having a wing attached.

Speed riding is the perfect sport for Mont Blanc, says Delluc, because you can access lines and zones that you otherwise couldn't ski. Without the ability to glide, you'd run into un-makeable cliff bands. Plus, with the speed wing, he can make up to 10 runs in a day — many more than he could on skis alone.

Just because he has an eject button doesn't mean he isn't ignoring the conditions, though. "I'm always careful about avalanche danger," Delluc says. "You can never know for sure what will happen under your feet.

"I had the feeling this face would slide when we skied it. When we know there is a danger, we always take care to ride very fast, because the wing is more reactive and you can take off quicker over the avalanche."

Want to see more of Delluc's speed riding adventures? Check out this incredible video.

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