Boivin was born in Dijon in 1951. He went to secondary school défis à skis PDF Dijon, Belfort and Tournus, and gained his Baccalauréat de technicien in 1971. Between 1972 and 1973 he studied mechanical manufacturing in Sens.
In 1975 Boivin and Patrick Vallençant added a direct finish to the classic Cecchinel-Nominé route. In 1978 Boivin soloed the Bonatti-Zapelli route, which takes the centre of the face. The east face of the Matterhorn. Boivin made the first ski descent of the face in 1980, from the Shoulder. Boivin set several records on Mount Everest in 1988: highest paraglider flight, first paraglider descent and fastest descent of the mountain. Boivin made a number of films of his ski descents, stunning people who had never seen such extreme descents before.
My hands broke a sweat as I watched Boivin. He’d make a turn, then slide for 40 feet with his skis shaking and uphill hand dragging on the snow, finally gaining enough control to make another ‘turn’. It was an awesome display and made us realize just what could be done using skis as a tool of alpinism. On 14 April 1988 he broke the record for distance travelled by paraglider, flying 31. Mont Maudit in the Mont Blanc massif, arriving at Orsière having flown over the Aiguille Verte, the Aiguille du Tour and Pointe d’Orny. 7 November 1986, together with a team of speleologists, Boivin set a world record for a subglacial dive.
They dived to a depth of 117 m under the Mer de Glace in their exploration of the Grand Moulin de la Mer de Glace. On 16 February 1990, while being filmed by a TV crew for the French programme Ushuaïa, le magazine de l’extrême, Boivin made a c. BASE jump down Angel Falls in Venezuela, the highest waterfall in the world. This was the first jump from the highest point of the falls. Produced by the Société Française de Production and Antenne 2.