Real time avalanche footage and rescue every skier should watch

Avalanches are real. Even in Australia. They can happen to even the most well trained skier making conservative terrain choices. They can happen to you. This seven minute film reveals what really happens when a slope breaks free and you are caught.

The athletes involved in this film openly admit their mistakes. They rode three at a time on a slope, heavily weighting the snow. He skied with his pole straps around his wrists, making it difficult to pull his air bag. But they did have all the avalanche gear needed to perform a rescue, which, in this case, meant no one died. Just.

They make some jokes at the end about a prank, personally I don’t see the humour, but the message is still the same. Be prepared.


Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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