Matthias Girard is lucky to be alive after the first successful SkiBASE of the Matterhorn. He admitted as much after posting the above video on his blog yesterday. Just before jumping his ski got caught in the snow, but he was able to do a front flip to keep his momentum moving forward as his ski came off.
"This is the worst thing that can happen to a parachute assisted big mountain skier and was a true test of my survival instinct. The mountain gave me a warning and I was skilled enough but also lucky enough to survive. There are no heroes on the mountain… only survivors and the mountain let me go home safely."
For a full account of the jump, check out Matthiasgirard.com.