Watch: Jaw-Dropping Footage Shows Skier Survive A Savage 1,600 Foot Fall

How does he walk away from this...?

The Neacola range in Alaska – Photo: Teton Gravity Research

When co-founder of Teton Gravity Research and brother of ‘Big Mountain’ Jezza,  Todd Jones calls a spill “the most terrifying crash I’ve ever seen” it’s fair to assume that it’s a touch on the terrifying side.

Handily, the very incident in question was captured on film for us all to either endure or enjoy, depending on which way you’ve put your schadenfreude socks on this morning.

“Dropping…” Photo: Teton Gravity Research

While filming in Alaska for the latest TGR film Paradise Waits, veteran free skier Ian McIntosh narrowly evaded a brush with the reaper when a hidden, five foot deep trench hung him up.

Despite doing his homework and throughly studying his line, the snow ditch was enough to send the man they call Mac ragdolling down the face of the mountain in one of those rides that’s impossible not to wince at when you watch.

Photo: Teton Gravity Research

The spill saw Mac, at the mercy of gravity, falling over 1,600 feet in under a minute. Staggeringly, when he comes to rest, the Canadian skier can clearly be heard reassuring his buddies on the hill with a somewhat breathless “I’m okay… I’m okay.”

Mac’s POV captured after the tumble Photo: Teton Gravity Research

Asked about what he remembered from the death-defying descent, Mac confessed afterwards “Their was no way to stop, I pulled my airbag to help prevent against any possible trauma injuries as I tumbled to the bottom”.

Paradise Waits is out now. Click here to get your hands on it, from the Teton Gravity Research website.

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