Frenchman Antoine Montant, who made his name as a world-record paraglider, had set his sights on a shutdown Chamonix cable car since he first began experimenting with speed flying flights several years ago. Speed flying is a young discipline in which a pilot uses a canopy overhead and skis underfoot to access extreme terrain at high speeds.
“I thought about speed riding the cable since the beginning,” Montant said. “I just wanted to because I saw it was possible for this sport and technically possible for me.” Last December he made it happen. Montant started his flight on the slopes above the cable car, slashing high-speed turns, gapping crevasses and flying off cliffs before descending to grind the cable.