Two Pros Ski Down the Highest Sand Dune in the World

Swedish freestyle skier Jesper Tjäder and X Games slopestyle star Emma Dahlstöm usually dust up with the white powdery stuff, but the two athletes recently road-tripped to Cerro Blanco in Peru—the highest sand dune in the world—to take on its earthen slopes.

The dune, which is 6,817 feet above sea level and 3,858 feet from base to summit, made for a formidable “ski hill,” and the two had a local blacksmith fashion them a rail on which to shred as well. Going down was a breeze—as is evidenced in the video below—but getting up to the summit in order to ski down was damned-near impossible (the skiers had to do it during the dead of night). So, below, respect the work that went in to get there.

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