For skier Devin Stratton, a casual ski session on the side of a mountain became a near-death experience in the blink of an eye.

Stratton was cruising along the side of a mountain—when he realized he was heading for a cliff.

Too late:


Stratton fell a sizable distance and landed flat on his back, but somehow, miraculously, was unharmed. The moment he landed and knew he wasn’t hurt, he turned the camera around and simply said, “thank you.”

“It’s not just avalanches you’re worried about,” the 25-year-old told the Washington Post on Wednesday. “I immediately thought about my cousin who was [left a] quadriplegic from a car accident and thought, ‘I’m gonna be paralyzed.’ And then when I saw how big the cliff was when I was going over the edge, I thought I was dead for sure.”

“I [prayed] in my head in midair,” Stratton said. “It doesn’t sound like it in the raw footage because I’m cussing. But in my head, I was praying.”

Stratton is no rookie when it comes to skiing, rock climbing and other death-defying activities. If these things aren't for you, but you want to live vicariously through him, check out his intense Instagram page.