Avalanche videos part 11

I collect these videos because I (we) hope to learn from the mistakes of others. Unfortunately there’s been so many avalanche incidents this winter that I have to publish this quite soon after part 10 (a disturbing number in itself). Morris counted 75 avalanche fatalities so far this winter in the Alps. Unfortunately that number is wrong at the date of publishing, it’s too low by at least a few unlucky ones.

Like he keeps saying since December: no avalanche knowledge = stay on the piste. I would add to that… have knowledge = don’t do stupid things. And that goes for me as well.

The very least you should do, if you, or anyone else you know, have any intention of skiing the backcountry or out-of-bounds terrain is gain some awareness. Certain companies finally stepped up their “social responsibility” and are beginning to offer the avalanche basics in convenient online courses. Latest examples are Ortovox Safety Academy and Salomon + Atomic Mountain Academy. Do yourself a favor and go through everything they have to say then check your ego and forget about everyone else riding insane lines right in front of you. Ride smart.

Someone goes for a ride in Black Iron Bowl at Telluride

The day after 15 of 2.5kg bombs were dropped on that face, Julien Lopez still trigged a slab during his FWT run in Kappl, Tirol

Hard slab fracturing above a snowboarder, early February on Papusa in Romania.

Snowskater triggers and outruns a small(ish) slab on Vail pass

Snowmobiler burrial… no matter how many times the guys say “unbelieveable”, it really isn’t. But a great response by the buddies nevertheless.

Effective use of an airbag (looks like SnowPulse) on San Pellegrino on February 7th.

EDIT Feb. 12th

Another ABS in use on the Arcelle at Val d’Isere

Also one from last April on Grand Motte

EDIT Feb. 16th

Avalanche videos part 10

Stubaier Gletscher in mid November

Lake Tahoe, 500ft slide with no major injuries

Cime Bianche, Valtournenche

Gigi Rüf caught while shooting a video

Mölltaler Gletscher Avalanche that caught 12 people right next to the chairlift. ORF has the story on that.

A lesson in islands of safety: Foglietta North Avalanche on January 5th, Ste Foy Tarentaise, France. More info by Henry.

Avalanche coming down behind a snowboarder on Hatcher Pass

Avalanche videos part 9

Kicking off 2014-15 season with some of the late arrivals from the previous season and southern hemisphere winter.

Eric Hjorleifson on a pillow line

Soft slab in March on Powder Mountain near Whistler

Snowboarder in New Zealand in August 2013

Australian in Nisseko

Impressively dodging a slide

A slab in the Pyrenees

Paraskier cuts off an avalanche

June slide in Switzerland

A landing will do as a trigger

Ski cutting in Chalk Creek, Uintas

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