A reminder of the Dangers in the Backcountry

Quite Frankly this video is simply too hard too watch, but the good news is that it has a happy ending. Considering the Avalanche near one of the huts this year, I think it's important to view this and understand some of the mistakes this guy made.

Avalanche Skier POV Helmet Cam Burial & Rescue in Haines, Alaska from Chappy on Vimeo.

The Avalanche had a crown of 3-5 feet, and the skier fell 1,500 feet tin a little over 20 seconds. He didn't break any bones and obviously didn't hit anything on the run out. He was buried for 4 and a half minutes. In that time, though, you can hear his breathing already accelerate. They located him so fast because his glove came off just before he came completley to rest.

Mistake #1: not testing for avalanche conditions before you ski.
Mistake #2: As we can see, the avalanche starts and is moving to his right, but he is either unaware, or decides to try and ski through it. He should have darted to the left.

Good #1: He had an avalung and a peeps.
Good #2: He got LUCKY.