“This was definitely a learning experience for me. Maybe 99 times out of 100, you can ski through that terrain, but when it does go wrong, it’s more high consequence.”
Collinson, who has won a clutch of awards including Best Female Freeride Performance at the International Freeskiing Film Festival, said she was having an off day on the slopes prior to her plunge.
Once she realized she wasn’t going to be stopping any time soon, she said she covered her head with her arms and held on until she came to a stop.
“I think I could have pulled it off in a different circumstance,” she told an audience at the International Pro Riders’ Workshop.
“It’s hard to know … that feeling in your gut, of like, when you’re just like a little bit nervous and when you really just don’t feel like you’re on,” she added.
“I was feeling pretty good about it when I decided to pull the trigger and do it. As you can see I started skiing it, there were pretty variable skiing conditions.
“I got really lucky, I jammed two fingers and that was it. Other than that I was totally fine.”
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