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Speed rider threads needle, escapes massive avalanche in France

Speedriding is a fascinating sport, combining skiing and paragliding. The activity provides the best of both worlds—the wonder of etching turns into a mountainside with the thrill of gliding through the air. An unforeseen benefit, however, can be witnessed via this video: the ability to get the hell out of dodge when trouble arises. Maxence Cavalade was speedriding in Val d’Isere this past February when he triggered a massive avalanche. The professional speedrider simply lifted off, navigated a couple of tight rock corridors and flew away to safety, watching the massive slide rip from the mountain in his wake.

While the video is a fascinating watch, it’s still a reminder of the power of avalanches and the need to respect that threat when in the mountains.

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