Imagine falling down a steep ski hill for sixteen hundred feet, or nearly 500 metres, and walking away.
That’s what happened to Whistler skier Ian McIntosh when he falls into a five foot range, sending him tumbling down an Alaskan peak.
He described what the ‘ride of his life’ felt like on Good Morning America.
“It felt like I was getting hit by linebackers. You know, the whole way down the mountain, over and over and over again… full, sprinting linebackers.”
McIntosh says had it not been for him pulling on the airbag chute from his backpack, the result could’ve been much worse.
McIntosh spoke with Jon McComb about his harrowing experience.
McIntosh told Jon he was working on a film when it happened,
“We were filming for our latest ski film, Paradise Waits, by Tetone Gravity Research, I’ve been working with this film company for ten years now. A big part of what we do is we go to places like Alaska and ski mountains that have never been skied before.”
He says the mountain was logistically tough and they were rushing and skipping protocol, which may have led tot he crash.
He says his helmet helped to save him, as well as the airbag.
He says he has no intention of slowing down, and is living his dream with no regrets.