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American Carson Klein prepares to launch in Les Arcs, France.

American Carson Klein prepares to launch in Les Arcs, France.

“You can’t do this at Killington.” American Mike Steen tries beating the French at their own game.

Either a speed flier just did something really cool, or that is one heck of a PB&J. Les Arcs ski patrollers marvel at the contestants.

Either a speed flier just did something really cool, or that is one heck of a PB&J. Les Arcs ski patrollers marvel at the contestants.

Is Antoine Boisselier flashing the peace sign, or wishing he were smoking two Gauloises?

Is Antoine Boisselier flashing the peace sign, or wishing he were smoking two Gauloises?

Amandine Boivin, The lone female competitor.

Amandine Boivin, The lone female competitor.

“Likes: Throwing myself off cliffs, hurling toward the ground at reckless speeds.” Amman Gael gets interviewed.

Bon, Francois Bon.

Bon, Francois Bon.

Ah, we can see now why this is so much safer than regular skiing. Mike Steen bashing gates at Les Arcs.

Ah, we can see now why this is so much safer than regular skiing. Mike Steen bashing gates at Les Arcs.

So many French, so little smoking. The crowd takes a moment at the bottom of the course.

So many French, so little smoking. The crowd takes a moment at the bottom of the course.

“Excuse me, do you know the way to the Summit Express lift?” Amandine Bolvin on a leisurely cruise around Les Arcs.

Skiing windpacked spines is so much easier with a wing strapped to your back. Antoine Boisselier midcourse in Les Arcs.

Skiing windpacked spines is so much easier with a wing strapped to your back. Antoine Boisselier midcourse in Les Arcs.