This guy gets caught in a very small avalanche and takes a very long ride. A great example of how small avalanche can cause big problems.
Watching the video is terrifying – especially hearing his grunts and him hitting rocks and watching him speed up…
“Standing above the cornice on Philipps, (at the far side of Paranoids inbounds at Mammoth Mountain) my plan was to ski down to the low part of the ridge, air into the chute perpendicular to the cornice and make two turns before riding through a 3 foot wide choke. At the start of my line, I could feel some instability and mistakenly dropped in parallel to the cornice. At that moment, the snow slid and I was immediately swept downhill. After a couple tumbles, I was able to stabilize myself on top and luckily went thought the choke point unharmed. Swimming to keep myself on top of the slide, I found myself stopped and only partially buried at a safe point about 300 feet down from the top of the chute. I was incredibly lucky to be unharmed and able to ride out the rest of my line!” – Tyler Karow
This video was published on Jan. 20th, 2016 but we aren’t sure of the exact date of the avalanche. We assume it sometime around the 20th.
Stay safe out there and feel free to wear your avalanche beacon in-bounds.