The unluckiest skier became the luckiest man alive when dude he skied off a 150-foot cliff, captured it all on video and lived to tell about it.
His path looks peaceful enough, as he skis through the Wasatch Range in Utah. Then, out of nowhere, the bumps and hills along the way drop off into thin air.
You can hear him yelp in surprise as gravity and momentum fling him off the slope and into a white void. He tells the Washington Post that he was praying in his head, but that it’s hard to tell over all of the cursing:
“I immediately thought about my cousin who was [left a] quadriplegic from a car accident and thought, ‘I’m gonna be paralyzed,’ ” he said Wednesday. “And then when I saw how big the cliff was when I was going over the edge, I thought I was dead for sure.”
He says once he landed on his stuffed backpack and two feet of snow, he looked up to make sure his buddy wasn’t about to come crashing off the cliff after him. They then spend five hours looking for a lost ski.
Where the video was reposted on YouTube, a debate rages on in the comments, where no one can agree on the height of the drop. Was it 50 feet or five? Two hundred and forty feet? Everyone’s back in Physics 101 for this one. The plot thickens as Devon himself shows up in the video comments to claim his video, but he keeps the true height of his fall to himself. According to the Washington Post, it was 150 feet.
Plenty of time to think about your fate on the way down. Watch the whole GoPro video, from his helmet: