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December 3, 2008

Fred Syversen 107 Meters Cliff Drop Video


Fred Syversen‘s unofficial world record on cliff dropping has been under discussion for about a year. Rumors said that Norwegian freeskier Fred Syversen had accidentally dropped more than anyone ever before. Many of us didn’t believe this because there was no evidence. Just words.

Fred Syversen and his 107 meters unintentional world record cliff jump

Now it is time to believe it. There IS evidence. Fred Syversen DID drop 107 meters, and yes, it was unintentional. Fred Syversen was filming a ski movie Nuit de la Glisse with his crew last year. He was skiing a real dream line on a big mountain, as can be seen in the video below.

A couple of times Fred Syversen skis very close to the edge of the mountain with over-a-100-meter drop next to his skis. While he was approaching the grand finale, the big drop in the end of the line, you can hear the filming crew yelling “à gauche, à gauche!“, which is French and means “left, left!“. Unfortunately it was too late.

Fred Syversen's 107 meters (351 feet) world record cliff drop

Fred Syversen dropped the wrong cliff. Unintentionally he skied a line that lead to his 107 meters cliff drop. His speed was estimated to be over 80 km/h when he jumped.

Fred is lucky to be alive. A 107-meter fall is absolutely staggering. It’s incredible that he survived. Fred even landed close to the rocks, and he was buried more than 2.5 meters in the snow.

Damn! Fred, where are you?!

After Fred Syversen’s 107 meters (351 feet) cliff drop Jamie Pierre’s 75-meter (245-foot) world record doesn’t sound much at all, right? No way. Both jumps are incredible and huge, although Fred Syversen’s jump was much bigger. Dropping cliffs like this is extremely risky. Fred Syversen must have had thousands of guardian angels helping him land safely.

Friends digging Fred Syversen out of the snow

Fred Syversen realized that he missed the correct line. Instead of braking he decided to drop as well as possible. He knew that braking could lead to uncontrolled flying, which could actually kill him. Just before jumping he made a little turn in order to avoid crashing into the rocks on his left side. His position looks well controlled, although (for a moment) he was sure he was going to die. (Read Fred’s own explanation what he felt like in the air on our earlier post about this unintentional world-record drop from last winter)

Fred Syversen dropped 107 meters cliff with almost no injuries!

Fred Syversen said landing felt like an explosion and breathing was difficult. He was buried in the snow, but he didn’t panic. He knew the crew would be digging him in minutes. They found Fred unconscious, but as soon as he woke up, he was able to ski down to helicopter. He was flown to hospital where they found minor damage in his liver. He was ordered to take it easy for the next few weeks.

Fred Syversen was flown to a hospital after his 107 meters world record cliff drop

Fred, you gotta be the luckiest man on planet Earth… dude… We are glad you survived.



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Marko Pyhajarvi
I am an old-school alpine skier, snowboarder and telemarker, and I love writing. Therefore I founded Homeboy. I (too) enjoy powder, mountaineering and backcountry skiing as well as photographing. Nowadays, as an old fart, I mostly ski with my kids and focus on financing their hobbies.



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  1. Okay, I stand corrected. I did research and Terminal velocity is reached at over 100 meters. Although they both must have been very close to 161km/h when the hit the snow. here is a link:

    google answers

  2. Thanks for the info Powhuound. I made a quick calculation couple of weeks ago and estimated his landing speed 150 km/h, which is pretty close to Google answer. Anyhow, velocity is such high that I don’t wonder why Fred told me landing felt like explosion.. Pretty awesome story. I don’t think new record is going to be set soon.

  3. Ingmar Stenmark

    107 meters…chicken!! I do this allmost everyday, 200- 250 meters every jump without hurting myself.

  4. Ingmar, what kind of jumps you do? Would you tell us a little bit more?

  5. Awesome story! Congrats to all!!

  6. Anonymous


  7. Ed Nonymous

    Just another lucky asshat.
    He should do this again & prove Darwin’s theories wrong.

  8. Jaco

    That is really dumb.

  9. Anonymous

    “Fred Syversen dropped 107 meters cliff with no injuries!”

    “He was flown to hospital where they found minor damage in his liver.”

    Isn’t poor journalism sensational fun?

  10. Randy

    That settles it: I will never get on skis, even if I am nowhere near a cliff this is what will happen. Kudos to surviving this!!!

  11. pat

    nimportenawouak il aurait mieu fait d y rester, se sont des record a la con. apres des jeunes vont essayé et se péter la colonne en 2.

    il n y a rien de merveilleux .

    houai super tshuus les skieur

  12. guyom

    le titre de la chanson?

  13. Anonymous said:

    >>“Fred Syversen dropped 107 meters cliff with no injuries!”

    “He was flown to hospital where they found minor damage in his liver.”

    Isn’t poor journalism sensational fun?<<

    Well, almost with no injuries. Fixed it for ya.

    Thanks for the good/sharp comment anyway.

    And at last: hey – we are skiers, not professional journalists – so small details can be lost at times (and/or some mistakes made)…:)

  14. Anni Karvinen

    Fred, perkeleen Norjalainen, could you drop a bit less next time, your guardian angel gets tired otherwise, for this flying aroun you <3. Hope to C U on snow this seasonmy friend! Sochi is waiting for me next week.
    FWT. Keep up you fingers to your “lilsis”

  15. Chuck

    That was siiiiiiiiick!!!!!!!!!!!! He should have thrown in a flip or something… jk! im glad he is alive!

  16. Anonymous

    Hé ben dans ta gueule

  17. Mu fuerte tu!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Homo-Petteri 99

    Kiva katsoa kun täällä ostaan kirjoittaa tätä Suomen kieltä niin taidokkaasti. Yhdys sanat kuten epä normaali, kamera mies, muk ana, hautaus maa, bussi raha näyttävät luo_____nnistuvan

  19. kusk0r

    What’s that song in the video?

  20. J4mb0

    That was UNBELIEVEABLE! He’s a ver lucky guy. i’m glad that he’s alive. He’s very talented and brave coz he could decide to be without breaking and just keep going. (:

  21. Jay

    Ya qu’en Valais qu’on peut faire un truc parreil…
    (for those who doesn’t speak valaisan yet: this is something that can only happen in (our beloved) Valais)

  22. guro s.

    GO Norway!!!

  23. Man I just saw this for the first time!! Fred, glad you’re still with us my friend :) Cheers, Gary M – Alta, UT

  24. filou

    j’aimerais connaitre le titre de la chanson qui accompagne la vidéo de ce record de ouf.

  25. pilots a dousch

    pilots a f*cking idiot, fred shoulda sent the pilot off that cliff after missin a shot like that, pilot got fired righttt!?

  26. Matt

    Im glad he’s alive and survived that drop and all, he’s definately lucky. What I am more happy about is that someone took the record away from Jamie Pierre, he seems like a much more humble fellow, and didnt seem to have landed on his head.

  27. bigmax209

    yawn !

  28. Lila

    HOLY COW! That was mind-boggling! What amazed me was how he was able to keep his cool and think clearly in those crucial split seconds! He’s got one enormous pair of cajones :) Glad he’s alive! And good job on eating snow to get breathing space – who thinks of that when they’ve fallen 107 meters??

    Fred, you’re one lucky bastard. Please don’t try this again!

  29. Oscar

    What is the name of the song? I love it!

  30. James

    Song name? Its sick, gotta be someone who knows…

  31. Oscar

    myspace.com/mysticalmachinegunband. There you will find the song we all are in love with. Props to Klagnut on Youtube for finding it.

  32. cheers dude.i’m having a lot of trouble posting on youtube but least managed to get the myspace address up.ive been in touch with the band which is why they posted it on my space its not out yet its going to be on their new album http://www.betarecords.com and search silth. that track isnt on there yet though.

  33. Anonymous

    So fucking amazing. I cant even think about what he think when he jump in to empty hell…

  34. antti

    This encourages kids doing their big dangerous things. and its not worth it.
    Cooler n harder would be making better idea than easy jump big.

  35. gyuhig ho

  36. Don Juan

    Maybe these film companies need to turn off their cameras and put an end to childest antics. Corporations like TGR and Red Bull encourage young men to risk their lives before the mature decision making sections of their brains are fully developed. JUST LIKE THE MILITARY. Quit being duped by dollars kids. Quit being fools.

  37. Don Juan

    You wanna see the REAL accidental free fall records into snow.

    Guess they’re not famous since they didn’t have a “film” crew and rescue chopper.

    At least three airmen survived free falls of around 20,000 ft (6,000 m) without a parachute in the Second World War; Lt. I.M. Chisov was a Russian bomber pilot, Sgt. Alan Magee was an American gunner on a B-17, and Sgt. Nicholas Alkemade was a British gunner on a Lancaster bomber. It is estimated that a person free falling in the “box” position reaches a terminal velocity of around 120 mph (200 km/h) after a fall of just 1,000 ft (300 m), so the additional 19,000 ft (5,700 m) doesn’t make these falls that much more dangerous, apart from the lack of oxygen at high altitude. All three men lost consciousness during their falls, and two of them landed on terrain covered in deep snow, which was probably a significant factor in the survivability of the falls.

    [B]Vesna Vuloviæ, a flight attendant from Yugoslavia, survived a fall from 10,160 m (33,330 ft)[/B] when the DC-9 airplane she was traveling in blew up over Srbská Kamenice, Czechoslovakia, on January 26, 1972. She remained strapped into her flight attendant’s seat in the tail section of the plane, which remained attached to the washrooms. The assembly struck the snow-covered flank of a mountain. A terrorist bomb was thought to be the cause. Vuloviæ broke both legs and was temporarily paralyzed from the waist down. No other passengers survived. [1]

    C’mon Fred, man up and beat a GIRL.

  38. Don Juan

    It is estimated that a person free falling in the “box” position reaches a terminal velocity of around 120 mph (200 km/h) after a fall of just 1,000 ft (300 m),

    Looks like 300 meters should be the goal. Bring in a snow machine and make it deep enough. Maybe a scuba tank for air and a stack of stunt air bags buried under a layer of snow.

    a .55 second deceleration from 120mph would result in a deceleration of approx a “comfortable” 10g’s .

    The depth would be Vave=120-0/2=60mphx.55sec= approx 50 feet under the snow surface. Up the g-force and you can go shallower.

    20 g’s for 25 feet.

    Who wants to match the rocket sled record of this guy:

    When he began his research in 1947, the aerospace conventional wisdom was a man would suffer fatally around 18 g. Stapp shattered this barrier in the process of his progressive work, experiencing more “peak” g-forces than any other human. Stapp suffered repeated and various injuries including broken limbs, ribs, detached retina, and miscellaneous traumas which eventually resulted in lifelong lingering vision problems caused by permanently burst blood vessels in his eyes. In one of his final rocket-propelled rides, Stapp was subjected to 46.2 times the force of gravity[2]. The aeronautical design changes this fundamental research wrought are widespread and hard to quantify, but fundamentally important.

    Cliff jumping skiers are patting themselves on the back when in reality it is nothing compared to real world incidents. Put your cameras away.

  39. Anonymous

    Don Juan, go bury yourself in another physics book and stay out. The point is there are no “air bags”, the snow has to be natural, and Fred was doing something he continues to accel at and love. Also a question: Why is skiing off of a 107 meter cliff not “real world”. Did he fake it? Is skiing not a real sport? Syversen didn’t have rockets. All he did was sail off a big rock on two planks at 80km/h, and it was sick. Keep your camera’s out and keep filming Fred!

    107 is nuts. How big was the cliff he intended to jump? From the video I think the spotter indicates Fred intended to beat Jamie Pierre’s record…just not by 35 meters. If anyone knows the intended height let me know.

  40. Your Comment
    it’s not a world record if you don’t ski away from the landing. Amazing! Yet to be a record you have to ski away……otherwise it’s just fallng off a cliff. What is the real record??

  41. What is the background music ?
    Very well made, good thing he made it out

  42. Sorry, but we don’t know about the music. Many have asked but it’s still a mystery :)

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