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Ready. Set. Snow. © Richard Hallman/DEEPOL by plainpicture
Far above the clouds, an adrenaline-seeking skier glides past the jagged Crater Rock on Oregon"s Mount Hood. He"s practicing a relatively young sport known as speed riding—similar to paragliding but with more emphasis on high velocity than altitude. Skiers with parachute-like "wings" launch downslope at high speed, navigating runs partly on skis and partly in the air.