Extreme ski jumping: Amazing photographs of daredevil's leap from 66ft high mountain ledge


This is the breathtaking moment a daredevil skier performs an incredible flip from a 66ft high mountain ledge.

These astonishing pictures show Julian Carr plunging down the sheer drop in what looks like a swan dive, leaving a trail of snow behind him.

Speeding through the air head first, it initially appears as if the stunt could have quite a nasty end.

But the professional lands perfectly on his back in the fresh powder without suffering a single injury.

Swan dive: Extreme skier Julian Carr plunges from the sheer drop of a cliff face leaving a trail of snow
Soft landing: Despite the huge drop professional skier Carr was able to land comfortably and ski away

Swan dive: Extreme skier Julian Carr plunges from the sheer drop of a cliff face leaving a trail of snow

The incredible spectacle in Alta, Utah, was captured on camera by photographer Scott Markewitz.

The 51-year-old, from Salt Lake City, America, said: 'The pictures show Julian doing a front flip off a cliff.

'It's almost a swan dive where he flies through the air upside down and then, at the last minute, he lands on his back in the fresh powder.

'He lands on his back to spread out the impact of the landing and reduce the shock on his body.

What, no parachute? In another of Markewitz's pictures Dane Tudor is shown 'steep skiing' in Girdwood, Alaska

What, no parachute? In another of Markewitz's pictures Dane Tudor is shown 'steep skiing' in Alaska

Catching air: Jamie Pierre was snapped by Markewitz leaping from a cliff at Alta, Utah

Catching air: Jamie Pierre was snapped by Markewitz leaping from a cliff at Alta, Utah

'It doesn't seem logical but it actually works for him when he does his big jumps.

'I was sitting at the base of the cliff as he flew over me.'

Daredevil Mr Markewitz travels the world to photograph action and adventure sports.

And the father-of-one has built up an impressive collection of breathtaking shots.

Some of his most impressive capture skiers just after making a death-defying leap from a perilous cliff edge.

He said: "Some shots can be more difficult and more dangerous to get.

'I'm often in steep, exposed areas where falling is not an option, in avalanche terrain, or hanging out of a helicopter.

'I try to be aware of the dangers and minimise the risk as much as possible.

'I get a good reaction to these photos and I think they are one of the best sets I have taken.

'This jump is set up well for this unique perspective and I was really happy I could work with Julian and his front flip to make it happen.'

'It took a little climbing and wallowing up through deep snow to get there, but it wasn't too difficult otherwise.'