A snowboarder sprang into survival mode when an avalanche interrupted his run over the weekend … and the scary incident was captured on video.
Boarder Blake Nielson was shredding at Big Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake City, Utah when an remoted wind slab broke unfastened above and beneath him … which knocked him to the bottom and “took me for a experience.”
Nielson — who says he examined the Kessler Peak space for instabilities earlier than his run — was capable of keep above the floor because the snow shot him down the slope … utilizing swimming motions along with his arms and kicking his board to maintain from going below.
In the video, Nielson is heard yelling over the radio to his accomplice … saying, “Logan, I’m sliding!! … I’m staying on high, however I’m sliding!!”
Nielson predicts he was swept about 300 toes earlier than he was capable of come to an entire cease … and the slope slid round 1,300 toes.
In Nielson’s report of the incident, he says it is crucial to respect the wind.
“Even a small ‘manageable’ wind pocket can break and carry you a good distance in steep terrain with lengthy runouts,” Nielson advised the Utah Avalanche Center.
He additionally discovered cross-loading is one thing to look out for … as he didn’t anticipate it to be that huge of an issue.
Nielson additionally suggests making a ski reduce … saying had he completed so, he may have decreased some hazards.