Avalanches, Skydiving and Northern Lights: Amazing Videos from Around the World

This is a Hipmunk guest post from Jodi Ettenberg. Her views and opinions are hers alone and do not represent Hipmunk. 

For this post-Easter weekend roundup, I wanted to share a few videos that caught my eye. The first is from Mattias Giraud, a French skiier who climbed out of bounds in the French Alps for some pristine powdered snow. He got a bit more than he bargained for when he got caught in an avalanche, all captured on film with a GoPro HD Helmet HERO camera. Matthias was quick to clarify that there were rescue teams watching at all times, including a helicopter. But he added “like any exposed line in the Alps, a fall means death. So, you don’t fall. And if you do, well it’s part of the game and you know that before going into it.”

Dizzying, first-person view of an off-piste trail between the ski resorts of Megeve and Les Contamines in the French Alps: 

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GoPro HD: Avalanche Cliff Jump with Matthias Giraud from GoPro on Vimeo.

My brother sent this to me late last week, and as someone who has skydived (skydoven?) for years, I was mesmerized. But you don’t have to have jumped out of a plane to appreciate the ethereal beauty of this video. According to Vimeo user BettyWantsIn, a Melbourne-based design studio, post processing was used only to slow down the shots and correct color.

Experience skydiving without actually leaving your chair, thanks to these four Melbourne Skydive Centre skydivers, slowly floating toward the ground:

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Experience Human Flight from Betty Wants In on Vimeo.

From the enthusiastic response to Terje Sorgjerd’s The Mountain timelapse posted on Friday, I thought I would include another one of his videos. In The Aurora, he filmed an incredible display of Northern Lights, from a vantage point in Pas National Park, Norway. Braving the -25C temperatures seem worth it in retrospect – what an awe-inspiring show.

Almost 2 minutes of shimmering green Northern Lights from the far reaches of Norway:

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The Aurora from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

More to come on Friday. Until then, if you’re an Android developer, Hipmunk wants you.