We’re sharing this video to learn as much as we can from a real life burial and rescue. As you can see in the video, what looks like a small avalanche ends up becoming a very scary situation that could have easily turned deadly.
As described in James Mort’s full blog account, this event occurred when the avalanche risk was high (4/5), and when only he, the buried skier, was wearing a transceiver.
What looked to be a small slide ended up burying the skier under feet of snow. In fact, James describes in his account that it took an hour to fully free him from the snow – even with the help of two ski patrol members who arrived after the end of the video.
Read a full account here – http://avalanchesurvival.tumblr.com