Skier Tumbles 1,600 Feet Down Near-Vertical Slope, Somehow Isn’t Dead

Skiing pro Ian McIntosh is lucky to be alive after losing control on Alaska's Neacola range.
By Christine Linnell
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    If you’re a fan of skiing, you might be inspired by “Paradise Waits,” a movie about the Teton Gravity Research team’s pursuit of extreme skiing and snowboarding experiences. Then again, you may never want to set foot on a snowy mountain for the rest of your life after you’ve seen this terrifying outtake of pro skier Ian McIntosh plummeting down a nearly-vertical slope and almost dying.

    In what TGR’s co-founder Todd Jones called “the most terrifying crash I’ve ever seen,” Mac launched into a line on the Neacola range of Alaska, only to fall into an unseen five-foot-deep trench and tumble out of control.

    “From there, my slough took over and their was no way to stop,” McIntosh said in the video description. “I pulled my airbag to help prevent against any possible trauma injuries as I tumbled to the bottom.”

    He cartwheeled over 1,600 feet in under a minute, yelling and gasping the whole way down, before finally sliding to a stop. “I’m okay,” he wheezed, which is only funny because he’s not dead or seriously hurt. I can only imagine he was a mass of bruises for days afterward.