A Russian skier is feeling lucky to be alive after triggering a massive avalanche near Gladen’kaya in Russia’s Khakassia Mountains, which is a popular freeriding area.

The video below, which was originally posted in November, shows the skier disappearing as he releases a massive cornice.

A cornice is an overhanging ridge of snow on the top of a mountain.

Check out the clip:

This video is a classic example of an uneducated backcountry skier making an easily-avoidable mistake.

Anybody with a lick of backcountry knowledge would know to never, and I  mean NEVER, ski or walk out on a cornice of this magnitude.

Please, please, please take an AIARE course, pack your necessary equipment (beacon, probe, shovel), and stay safe out there, friends.

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