Men's Journal - - THE ESCAPE ARTIST -

THERE’S A fa­mous video of Collinson tak­ing one of the gnarli­est spills ever in the back­coun­try. In 2016, de­scend­ing a tight couloir in Alaska’s Nea­cola Moun­tains, the snow turned to ice un­der her feet, caus­ing her to ca­reen 1,000 feet down the slope, head over heels. The fact that she sur­vived un­in­jured is al­most un­be­liev­able. And the vi­ral video is not even Collinson’s most im­pres­sive clip. The pre­vi­ous year, she rode a back­coun­try line that forced her to set off a mini slough avalanche, weave through a few cliff bands, then rocket back through that fall­ing pow­der at top speed, a de­scent that won her Pow­der Mag­a­zine’s cov­eted Line of the Year Award. She was the first woman ever to win it. It’s a re­mark­able run, but the 28-year-old has made a habit of leav­ing the ski world slack­jawed with her risky ex­ploits. Still, she doesn’t con­sider her­self a dare­devil. “I think things out quite a bit be­fore I do some­thing,” she says, “and if I feel like some­thing is sketchy, I’m not into it.”


“On skis, An­gel charges with grace and power, just like in the rest of her life,” says Kit Des­lau­ri­ers, the first per­son to ski from the seven sum­mits. “She’s a unique soul.”

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