Amazing stuff... And we think we're all gnarly and stuff.
It's about climbing, not skiing, but the current New Yorker has an article about Ueli Steck and the everest fiasco that talks about the pressures on people who climb for a living are under to perform, and the same thing applies to skiing. Of course, no one makes these guys do it, and I'm sure they enjoy what they were doing and would do the same stuff if they had trust funds.
"It's about climbing, not skiing"
I'll disagree with that comment. It isn't climbing and it isn't even solo climbing. It is some very serious, no fall, skiing.
A good many of these lines are pretty casual climbing by modern standards, roped or un-roped. Skiing them? You got to be chittng me.
Dropping into the South face of Denali to ski a route you haven't climbed is so far past anything called "climbing" that it has no descriptor that I know of.
If you have ever dropped into a short no fall line, not knowing where it will lead or how, will give you a tiny, ever so tiny, bit of perspective.
Colin (who is a damn good skier himself and solos things most haven't/won't) does a nice write up on a trip with Fransson here:
"In the end, he came away from a 700m fall with a swollen elbow! I had already felt that extreme skiing was much more dangerous than climbing, and although the outcome of the incident was benign it was an eye-opener to me of how serious even a "via normale" of extreme skiing can be." Colin Haley