Australian skier chased by snow leopard while skiing

Yes, you read that right and we have the video to prove it.

Aussie Owen Lansbury got the fright of his snow loving life when he, his guide Dave and Hotham ski patroller Bill Barker from Bills Trips in Gulmarg got chased down by a snow leopard. Check out the video he posted on Facebook below.

Crazy, right? Makes you want to go to Gulmarg to ski powder with big cats.

“OK – so the story is we skied our first powder line and the guide in yellow almost ran over the leopard” said Owen on his Facebook page.

“I stopped just as it huddled in the snow, where it stayed for about a minute checking us out. It then let out a solid roar and bounded away down the slope towards Dave, but scooted off into the forest, where we think it probably had a kill stashed. Pretty amazing experience!”

And here’s a still image for the obsessed (that’s me). Look at that cat stalk it’s prey! Here kitty kitty kitty.

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Hey Bill, sign me up for next year. I assume the snow leopard is an optional extra?

Want to see more? Check out the full three minute film of the crew skiing the trees in Gulmarg before encountering the big snow cat.

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Rachael is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of SnowsBest.com. A long time journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN Freeskiing, TIME, Powderhound, Sydney Morning Herald, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast and more.

5 COMMENTS

  1. The cat is our old friend. It once visited our hut at Gulmarg during night and made several rounds around the huts. we lit our heaters and it ran away. We have some snow leopards in Gulmarg. One should be cautious whill skiing in the words.

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