After hitting a hidden trench, Ian McIntosh suffered a 1,600-foot fall. Fortunately, his quick thinking prevented a serious injury, but after watching the 1-minute video, we're pretty sure he walked away with a few bruises.
A harrowing video shows professional skier Ian McIntosh take a 1,600 foot dive down a mountain.Teton Gravity Research
McIntosh was filming a video for a snowboard film, "Paradise Waits," when he hit a five-foot trench. He'd somehow missed it when plotting his line down the mountain, and he immediately paid the price.
He starts tumbling immediately and continues to twist and turn down the steep 1,600-foot slope. Quickly realizing that he was in serious trouble, he pulled his airbag, which helped to prevent serious injury.
Towards the beginning of the video, one of his skis can be seen flying off, and the people taking the video can't do anything but watch helplessly.
Amazingly, McIntosh survived, and his microphone stayed on during the entire fall.
"It felt like I was getting hit by linebackers the whole way down the mountain over and over again, full-sprinting linebackers," he told ABC News. "It felt like an eternity. It really did."
Overall, McIntosh falls for about a minute. When he finally stops, he shouts a quick, "I'm okay" to his rescue team. You've got to hear how exhausted he sounds.
This is truly incredible video. Check it out below.