8 minutes under an avy is a long damn time. If you’re going into the backcountry or sidecountry and you don’t have avalanche education nor avalanche knowledge, you’re rolling the dice. Even if you do have avy education & knowledge, you’re rolling the dice.
Where the education really becomes valuable is avoiding dangerous avy conditions all together & in extracting your buried buddy.
Dan was fortunate in this video in that his buddies were on it and got him out of there pretty quick. Can you imagine being buried in an avalanche for 8 minutes?
Last winter, 25 people were killed in avalanches in the USA, including some good friends.
Regardless of your level of avy training, go to Avalanche.org right now, click on “education” and then “online tutorial.” This online avalanche tutorial is solid and used by avalanche professionals to teach avy protocol.