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VIDEO SHOWS SNOWBOARDER NARROWLY AVOIDING AVALANCHE

The incident happened in Park City in Utah on Christmas Day. NEW

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The video was posted by another rider who happened to see the incident and got his phone out.

#Repost @iskideeppow · · · Almost witnessed this man get caught and buried in this storm slab #avalanche today on the Park City Ridgeline. Felt helpless just watching this happen in almost the exact same spot of the fatal avalanche last week. I waited to speak to this snowboarder, to let him know what just occurred. He like so many that leave the backcountry gates didn’t have any avalanche equipment or even a beacon. I explained to him just how lucky he was, he told me he has been skiing here for 20 years and just didn’t think it was steep enough to side, which I thought was just absurd! People #knowbeforeyougo @utavy @skiutah . I am relieved this man didn’t get seriously hurt or killed on this Christmas morning and he gets to return home to his family …@wasatchsnowforecast @powderchasers @powderbuoy

Posted by Utah Avalanche Center on Wednesday, 25 December 2019

Here is what the person filming had to say:

“Almost witnessed this man get caught and buried in this storm slab #avalanche today on the Park City Ridgeline.

Felt helpless just watching this happen in almost the exact same spot of the fatal avalanche last week.

I waited to speak to this snowboarder, to let him know what just occurred.

He like so many that leave the backcountry gates didn’t have any avalanche equipment or even a beacon.

I explained to him just how lucky he was, he told me he has been skiing here for 20 years and just didn’t think it was steep enough to side, which I thought was just absurd!

I am relieved this man didn’t get seriously hurt or killed on this Christmas morning and he gets to return home to his family …”

Here are details of the earlier fatal avalanche in the area that we reported on at the time on PlanetSKI:

The Utah Avalanche Centre has shared the video on social media.

The authorites are urging anyone that rides inthe backcountry to carry all the coreect safety equipment and know how to use it.

The skier in Europe has also had a lucky escape after being burried for 5 hours after a slide in Austria.

See our story here:

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