Giraud, on his website, explains that he and Laude -- both expert skiers and skydivers; Laude is a local ski patrolman -- wore avalanche location devices and had a helicopter rescue team on standby. Laude was parachuting and filming from overhead as Giraud skied the ridge line leading to the cliff. He deployed his chute as snow spilled over the ledge to his right.
The video production illustrates with stunning imagery that because of improving technology and the increasing use of miniature helmet-cams by extreme athletes, viewers are able to enjoy more vicarious thrills.
Said Giraud: "It was probably the best run of my life."
-- Video footage is courtesy of Matthias Giraud and Stefan Laude