Steep thrills! Heart-pumping shots capture death-defying skiers tackling the most vertical slopes on the planet

Forget your average weekend in the Alps – these daredevil skiers travel to the world’s most vertical slopes for their STEEP thrills.

Top skiers such as Jeremy Jones from Cape Cod in Massachusetts, USA and Xavier De Le Rue from Bayonne, France, carefully edge their way down the most stomach-churning drops on the planet.

These daredevil skiers travel to the world's most vertical slopes for their steep thrills

These daredevil skiers travel to the world’s most vertical slopes for their steep thrills

Too dangerous for every day slope fans, the intrepid explorers’ battle through thick snow covering rocks which can cause fatal falls and must always be wary at the chance of an avalanche.

The stunning snaps have been released by award-winning adventure photographer Tero Repo, who has travelled to all corners of the globe from Antarctica to Greenland, Alaska, South America and even Japan to capture his images.

Top skiers such as Jeremy Jones carefully edge their way down the most stomach-churning drops on the planet

Top skiers such as Jeremy Jones carefully edge their way down the most stomach-churning drops on the planet

Tero, from Finland, said: “It’s really important to have a good relationship with the skiers and the snowboarders.

“I have to understand them and they have to understand me – I don’t want to put too much pressure on the riders.

“There is a lot of planning between us and we make decisions together.

“The slope can be very steep and extreme but at the same time everybody needs to know what they are doing.

The intrepid explorers' battle through thick snow covering rocks

The intrepid explorers’ battle through thick snow covering rocks

“When everyone is comfortable we get the best results.”

Tero, 36, first became began photographing skiers in 1997 before purchasing his first digital camera seven years later.

The photographer, who lives in Volleges, Switzerland, is a keen fan of the mix of light and action in each shot.

He added: “I’m very thankful to have been able to work with such great people throughout my career.”

The stunning snaps have been released by award-winning adventure photographer Tero Repo

The stunning snaps have been released by award-winning adventure photographer Tero Repo