Skier miraculously survives terrifying 1,600-foot plunge down mountainside

In a stunning validation of my decision to never stray from the bunny slope while skiing, pro skier Ian McIntosh recently endured a bruising, 1,600-foot fall down a nearly vertical mountain slope.

Per the harrowing video’s description, McIntosh was filming in Alaska’s Neacola Range when he “dropped into a line he thought he had studied thoroughly enough, only to fall into an unseen five-foot-deep trench on one of his first turns.”

There was “no way to stop,” and he deployed his airbag in a bid to avoid life-threatening injuries from what Teton Gravity Research cofounder Todd Jones called “the most terrifying crash I’ve ever seen.”

On the plus side, McIntosh had quite a story to tell back at the lodge.

H/T Viral Viral Videos | Photo via Teton Gravity Research/YouTube 

Miles Klee

Miles Klee

Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions,  and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'