HBO Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel just sent out a press release announcing the airing of a special segment on backcountry skiing tonight at 10 EST. In the clip above, extreme skier Tanner Hall talks about pushing the limits of the sport.
The synopsis of the segment, titled "Backcountry," reads like so:
Skiers who conquer a slope routinely seek out a taller, faster and more challenging mountain. But some raise the stakes by taking on unchartered terrain in big-mountain backcountry skiing, where unforeseen cliff drops, unexpected turns and avalanches are among the risks. In this REAL SPORTS/Sports Illustrated collaboration, correspondent Jon Frankel meets three backcountry enthusiasts who have risked life and limb skiing fresh-powder slopes, and asks why they find death-defying activity so enticing.