Imagine skiing down the height of the Eiffel Tower! Just the thought of such an idea needs immense courage and confidence.
That is exactly what Sammy Carlson, a 7-time X Games medalist and 3-time Real Ski Champion set out to achieve. He said, “The whole idea of the ski-flying hill was just to try and go as big as I possibly could.”
Carlson said in an interview, “When we showed up, it was a ghost ramp. It has not been hit in twenty years.” So with a team of friends, he set up this giant ski-structure. It took them two years of planning and execution.
One look at it and you know this is not a joke. Located near upper Michigan, the jump is 26 stories tall, the ramp has a 364-foot vertical drop at a 35 degree angle and would lead to a jump that’s over 500 feet long. If he succeeds, Carlson will earn the honour of being the first skier to hit a “ski-flying” long jump with freestyle intent.
So did he succeed? An exciting yet heartwarming experience…watch this beautiful performance below.