It's not just the gear, the shooter, or the skier. It's teamwork. I'll try and illustrate with the cooperation of our buddy Old Boot.
Tell you what Old Boot, If we hook up next week, I'll show you a few smallish cliffs and moderate cornice drops. If you want to launch off a few, let me know in advance. I'll pack a real SLR camera rig and help make you an interweb star. Of course, that means that I too must drop those same lines, unless I can find an alternate route Might be wise to scope out some soft, steep landing zones too. It will take a bit of time and effort, probably a bit of hiking as well, but if you've the mind to, we CAN make this happen. I was going to pack light for my upcoming trip, but give me a yell and I can arrange to drag along some suitable gear. (Will NOT bring my el-supremo rig. Too many $ invested to risk skiing with it, but believe that I can get the job done with second string set-up.)
A skilled photographer with almost any pro-sumer level SLR can make the most of such situations. Mr. Vlado used a Canon Eos 400 body, not available in the USA I believe, and knows how to use his light meter. Nearly nil shutter lag and nice lens choice, 24-70mm zoom in this case, were used to capture/create spectacular images.
Mr. Vlado, you might wish to do yourself a favor and imprint your copyright information in the metadata of your images before you post them up.