How to Survive an Avalanche

Posted by on Wednesday, December 28, 2016

  1. Reacting in the first few seconds is key. As soon as an avalanche begins, try to jump up-slope.
  2. Whether the avalanche starts above you or beneath you, try to move toward the side of it.
  3. Shed any heavy equipment you may have so you can move more quickly.
  4. If you're unable to escape the avalanche, try to grab on to a boulder or sturdy tree.
  5. If you got caught in snow kick your feet and thrash your arms in a swimming motion.
  6. Should you get buried in the snow try to hold an arm straight up, hopefully above the snow.
  7. Dig a pocket around your face.

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