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Video of skier buried alive by avalanche shows importance of having correct back country equipment, skills

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on Dec. 6, 2011 at 9:16 am |
December 6, 2011 9:16 am

Hey guys, for the 1,328th time, the Adventure Guys would like to remind you how important it is to have the appropriate skills and tools before skiing in the backcountry. That includes knowing what to do in the event you are trapped in an avalanche.

Check out this video. Watch how quietly and easily this avalanche buries this skier. Thanks to dailyhiker.com for pointing this video out to us this morning.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tbuk9AyEap8

Here’s the message the avalanche victim posted along with the video:

This is the footage of me getting buried in an avalanche in Verbier, Switzerland on the 28th of february in 2011. My friends spotted and excavated me within five minutes even though I was buried at a depth of between 1.5-2 metres. Luckily I was wearing the right equipment and managed to create an air pocket in front of my mouth by holding my hands in front of my face when the avalanche stopped moving.

Uploaded this for everyone to watch and learn. Stay safe friends!

 

For local avalanche reports visit nwac.us

 

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