Inflatable Backpack Save Snowboarder in Whistler Survives Avalanche

View in “Full Screen” mode to ensure you get the most terrifying experience. Oh, and crank up the volume.

Hold on for a very wild ride!

A very *lucky* snowboarder got caught in an avalanche and captured the experience through his helmet camera. He was skiing in Whistler, BC.  Luckily, he was wearing a Black Diamond Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack that kept him from dropping below the surface of the avalanche. The backpack was a gift from his friends. I think he has a few thank you notes to write.

Honestly, I’ve never seen snow move so fast.

In case you’re wondering:

Dry slab avalanches typically travel 60-80 miles per hour. They reach these speeds within about 5 seconds after they fracture. Wet avalanches usually travel much slower, around 20 miles per hour.
Huckzone.com – Avalanche Facts, Safe Mountain Travel
www.huckzone.com/avalanche.php

Most of the “screaming” sounds you hear are actually the backpack inflating. Most of it.  The snowboarder screamed too.  You just can’t hear him while the avalanche is moving