Bob P: Are you one of the specks scaling the 'Via Ferrata' and you wanted to ski down
As I am no extreme skier of any stripe - Sapphire Chutes, West Cirque (Whistler-Blackcomb), Cirque (Snowmass), Highland Bowl were hard enough - am glad to have survived in one piece with a few falls (of little consequence), I know the pro skiers who do those incredible vertical lines, are straightlining often, they must have nerves of steel, incredible supply of oxygen as the G's take hold and are a visual treat.
Then again , there is this from the same Italian Duo in the same general area. For those who suggest this is not skiing, you maybe right BUT "Mallory is famously quoted as having replied to the question "Why do you want to climb Mount Everest?" with the retort "Because it's there", which has been called "the most famous three words in mountaineering". There have been questions over the authenticity of the quote, and whether Mallory actually said it. Some have suggested that it was a paraphrase by a newspaper reporter, but scrutiny of the original report in the New York Times leaves this unresolved. The phrase was certainly consistent with the direct quotes cited in the New York Times report, so it appears not to misrepresent Mallory's attitude." I don't know, but these guys are doing this on skis (and use Ice-Axe/Pick too..), for the lack of a better expression - they have 'b-lls' and incredible skills on skis is my admittedly non-expert opinion and I for one enjoyed the thrill from the comfort of my computer screen - so sharing another..