Watch Heli-Skier Survive 1600ft Fall

  • Nov 12, 2015 9:59am GMT

The extreme sport of Heli-skiing is banned in Germany and France while Austria allows just two landing sites. However, in Switzerland and North America there are over 15,000 heli-skiing flights each year. Skiers board a helicopter and are carried to a landing zone on the mountain well above any groomed trails or lifts.

Snow conditions on the mountains vary considerably because of the sun, wind, temperature variation, and new falls. Risks include avalanches, tree wells, rocks and those of helicopter flight. Risks are mitigated by using experienced pilots and certified guides, avalanche transceivers, avalanche air-bags, and radios.

There is also the every day risks associated with skiing, like losing a ski as Canadian pro skier Ian McIntosh did recently 1600 ft up a mountain. (see video below) He surprisingly drops only 1 F-bomb and its barely distinguishable. In second video they do some explaining.

VIDEO 1 Teton Gravity Research: Pro skiing veteran, Ian McIntosh, narrowly escapes with his lifeafter what TGR Co Founder, Todd Jones, says "was the most terrifying crash I've ever seen." While filming for Paradise Waits up in the Neacola range of AK, Mac 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. "From there, my slough took over and their was no way to stop, I pulled my airbag to help prevent against any possible trauma injuries as I tumbled to the bottom," he said. While attempting to regain his footing, Mac lost a ski and cartwheeled over 1,600 feet in under a minute.

VIDEO 2 Teton Gravity Research: Since we dropped Ian McIntosh's ridiculous 1,600 foot crash last week, the Internet has exploded. After garnering appearances on Good Morning American, Fox Sports 1, and countless other outlets, Mainstream America is firmly looking at the red-headed Canadian.