Skiier Triggers Huge Avalanche, Does a Backflip in the Middle of It (VIDEO)

In this instance of man vs. nature, man definitely won.

The human victor in the video above, which was shot at the¬†Swatch Skiers Cup 2013, is Sverre Liliequist. He’s a big mountain skiier from Stockholm, Sweden. It should go without saying that Liliequist is a professional and that you definitely shouldn’t try this at home.

Photo credit: skierscup on YouTube

Frankly, Liliequist probably shouldn’t have tried it, either. But, when you have balls big enough to fly up to the top of a huge, untamed mountain and then careen down it on what are essentially just two thin, fiberglass swords, I suppose the added courage it takes to do a backflip in the middle of an avalanche is negligible. Still, it makes for a pretty good video.

Liliequist actually triggered the avalanche in the video — and it’s probably safe to assume that he knew exactly what he was doing. That doesn’t make it any less life-threatening, though. If he had wiped out in the middle of it, he would have been buried under a buttload of snow and likely would have required an emergency rescue.

That’s all moot, though, since he finished his run like a boss and left the avalanche in his wake.

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