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January 19, 2014 • Gear Bits, Outdoors

Here’s Why You Always Ski with a Buddy in Avalanche Country

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Welcome to avalanche country!

This December 2013 YouTube video of skiers at Utah’s Alta ski resort shows the importance of skiing with a buddy within avalanche prone areas – and proceeding downhill separately. ¬†This GoPro footage ¬†shows a skier spotting his brother becoming engulfed in an avalanche leaving him buried to the very top of his ski helmet. All caught on video.

You can’t help but wonder what might have happened if the other brother hadn’t spotted him – or if all the skiers had started down the steep avalanche prone slope together.

 

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