At 22 years old Lynsey Dyer found herself at the beginning of a promising career; having recently graduated with a graphic design degree from Montana State, she had won a competitive internship with a design firm in Bozeman. But something didn’t feel right, she wasn’t happy. And so she walked away from it and took decidedly different course - competing on the Freeride World Tour and she won. Ten years later Lynsey has stood atop many more podiums, been featured in movies, been on the cover of magazines, produced a woman’s only ski film and designed her own line of skis.
In terms of humans flying through the air at high velocity with little to nothing in the way of safety equipment, ski jumping is unparalleled. Soaring above massive hills at highway speed, these fearless athletes make mere 100-foot gaps like Chad's seem almost mundane. Yes, they aren't flipping or spinning, but they also don't have the benefit of a soft landing. Related: Ski BASE Has Returned to Jackson's Cody Peak Technically, a jump done on a hill on this size is classified as "ski
For anyone else, running along ridges like these would be a serious athletic achievement. For Kilian Jornet, the Catalonian Madman, it's practically a down day. The certain-death-exposure notwithstanding, Jornet makes quick work of the mountains around Åndalsnes, Norway. Related: Kilian Jornet Skis the Troll Wall It makes very little sense how he manages to hop around on a thin ribbon of uneven ridgeline with several-hundred feet of thin air on either side. That being said, his Troll Wall
A huge part of putting on the Freeride World Tour is all the work that goes in before the first rider ever drops. With the Verbier finals right around the corner this weekend, the team of judges hiked up the infamous Bec de Rosses face to check out conditions and get a feel of what to expect come Saturday. RELATED: Behind the Scenes of the Freeride World Tour