Don’t get cold feet! Extreme skiers perform nerve shredding stunts on mighty Matterhorn Mountain
Don’t get cold feet! This group of freestyle skiers appear to have no problem keeping their cool after they were snapped performing an array of death defying stunts and tricks.
Pictured skiing down a near vertical cliff face, the daring athletes risked life and limb in an attempt to win one of the world’s most prestigious skiing events, The Skiers Cup.
In one image, esteemed skier, Seth Morrison, 42, even appeared to fly through the air after pulling off a whopping 30ft long back flip making it the biggest and longest jump of the competition.
Captured on the face of the mighty Matterhorn Mountain in Switzerland, the adrenalin junkies managed to hit speeds of over 60mph in conditions below -15c meaning one slip could result in devastating consequences.
As well hidden crevasses, cliffs more than ten metres high and deep powder that could submerge a man whole, the competitors even had to battle with 40mph winds.
Intrepid photographer, David Carlier, managed to capture the athletes on camera by using a helicopters to track the skiers from above.
Incredibly, despite the athletes taking over an hour in a chairlift to reach the peak of the mountain they were able to reach the bottom of the Matterhorn in less than one minute.
David said: “It is very unusual to have such an amazing group of riders ski on the Matterhorn at such a high level and in such great snow conditions.
“Actually, it has never been done before as this is the first time they could ski to the bottom of the Matterhorn, just under the North face.
“It was jaw dropping to witness the size of the jumps and the speed the riders reach in virgin, untracked deep powder snow.
“It requires so much skills to perform freestyle tricks in such an uncontrolled environment.
“It takes only one hour from the last lift to reach the start of the contest but then it takes them less than a minute to go down.”