How to Survive an Avalanche

Over 150 people die in avalanches every year. Many of these deaths could have been avoided if the victims had used a few basic survival tactics.

And although there are tips and tricks for avalanche survival, you have to keep one thing in mind.  An avalanche carries enough energy to easily uproot trees and move boulders that weigh several tons. A snow slide from the front of just one mountain carries enough snow to fill up over 1300 dump trucks.

It's important to know your surroundings and always travel with a team if you're in avalanche country.

Try to get to the edge to minimize the Force

Anchor Down on something like a sturdy tree

Start Swimming Up Hill - this will help you get to the surface

Cover your head or continue moving your hands in front of your face to make an air pocket

Spit so you know which way is up

Stay Calm to Conserve Air and Energy

Always Take a Beacon

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