A better description. He was racing against guys like Dick Durrance and his time of 6.29 is basically straight from the top of Mt washington down to the parking area at Pinkham Notch. He did indeed straightline the headwall and ravine.
Toni Matt • 1939 Inferno Race, Mt. Washington, NH Tuckerman Ravine's summit-to-valley Inferno race began in the 1930s. Dick Durrance won the second event with a record time of 12:35 in 1934. The third Inferno was not held until 1939. That race witnessed what is easily the most legendary run ever made in the Western Hemisphere. Austrian Toni Matt, age 19, erred in his calculated turns and made the blunder of skiing straight over the lip of the headwall with a 60 mph wind at his back. Matt skied down the headwall like a rocket sled on rails, shot through the ravine, and on down the mountain. His time of 6:29 slashed the record. For decades, this run was recalled whenever Matt raced, indeed whenever his name was mentioned. Rather than fade from memory, Matt's run is still spoken of in hushed, reverent tones.