On January 25, big-air specialist Jamie Pierre surpassed New Zealander Paul Ahern's 225-foot benchmark for the highest cliff drop by a skier. "I just kept falling and falling and falling, Pierre told
shortly after hucking this 245-foot monster in the Grand Targhee, Wyoming, backcountry. "What I did wasn't cool. I'm lucky. I'm still alive thanks to the grace of God.
Pierre launched from newly—and aptly—named "Pierre's Point" and pulled a mute grab for the first 70 feet before going "as limp as possible."
Pierre's biggest huck to date was a 185-footer in Switzerland. "I thought all cliffs over 100 feet were the same," he says. "I was wrong. This blows away everything I've done in the past."
Pierre was leaning as far back as possible to absorb the impact, meaning he couldn't see the landing. "After I
I was going to land, I fell another
As usual, Pierre was helmetless, but, for the first time, he wore a mouth guard. He also wore body armor, and stuffed a towel and an old T-shirt in his backpack for good measure.
Victory: Upon landing, Pierre created a 10-foot-deep "bomb hole," from which he emerged uninjured—and relieved. "I got it out of my system," he says. "I'm done. I'll never jump another cliff over 50 feet."
"BOMB HOLE" (not shown):
10 feet deep
TOTAL AIR TIME:
4 seconds and change