Watch: A Perfect Spine Crumbles Beneath Skier's Feet

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Carving a pristine Alaskan spine: It’s the dream line we’ve all wanted to tick off our ski bucket list.

For James Heim that dream instantly morphed into nightmare, when the spine he planned to hit rapidly disintegrated around him. Thankfully, he was perched safely above the slide and not swept with the roughly 80-centimeter crown. While it might not be possible to shake the allure of Alaska, the clip is a reminder of the humbling force of nature you’ll find within the untamable wilderness.

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