What does it take to leap a 255-foot cliff on skis -- and live? Ask Jamie Pierre, a Minnesota-born extreme skier who I profile in a story for today's Minneapolis Star Tribune. Pierre, now a 34-year-old Utah resident, made his leap into ski history in January 2006, when he skied off the abysmal backside of Fred's Mountain at Grand Targhee Resort in Wyoming. He dropped for four long seconds in a roar of wind, granite wall racing by, before landing on his helmet-less head in an explosion of white.
A dozen cameramen were on-site to record what would be the highest ski jump of all time ... or Pierre's final moments.
After landing, a long moment passed. A snow cloud settled below the immense rock wall. An impact crater scarred an otherwise immaculate expanse of snow, but Pierre's body was nowhere in sight.
Go here for the full story: http://www.startribune.com/1244/story/1563270.html
Go here to see a video of Pierre's leap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G0SDQcm0VcU