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Buried Alive

Snowboarder buried alive in snow.
That's how a reckless snowboarding off the beaten track may end.
You might get stuck in a so-called "tree well"

The depth may come to even 4 meters!

Should you find yourself in a similar situation, buried in a tree well, REMEMBER ABOUT THESE STEPS

Also, in case you witness or fall victim of an avalanche, READ THIS

Stay safe all, and remember - safety first!


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Added: Dec-26-2012 
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Tags: buried, alive, buried alive, snow, snowboard, fail, snowboarding,
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  • I've fallen into small tree wells and they are exhausting to get out of. Almost everyone does sooner or later until you learn what to look out for... Even so, they could be completely hidden.

    Still, off trail skiing is amazing, but it is fucking dangerous and you NEVER should do it alone.

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    • @BroncoBama Imagine if he sunk in even further and they couldn't locate him. Scary, one of the life book there.

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    • @Minnesota
      In Stowe, VT there was some great off trail skiing years ago and the worst tree wells were from the little trees that barely poked above the surface.

      Almost every year one of us disappeared into one. By the time you got out you were exhausted.

      Still, every year we went back!

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    • @BroncoBama here in mn we dont have those since we dont have mountains... :< but something i'll keep in mind when i finally make to one!

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    • @Minnesota I haven't been there in quite a while, but I remember Afton Alps as a nice ski area in Minnesota. There were several others as well. In Minnesota you don't ski on mountains, you ski down into glacial valleys. Awesome avatar btw

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    • @haloofflaminglead Hell yeah I got a season pass at afton. It's the best place near the metro. There is a place near Aurora MN which is like 50 minutes from the canada border and that had some huge runs. Wish I lived near mountains, I board every other day in winter. yeah I love this avatar...

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  • Thank you for this good lesson. "Tree Well" is new for me at this time.

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  • Lucky guy. Good friends just saved his life.

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  • He's COMPLETELY LUCKY that his friend with the GoPro was with him on that trip!! GoPro dude totally kept his cool/head, didn't panic, directed their other buddy, and got him out ALIVE!! Could've ended a LOT worse!!

    I heard them mention beers @ the end of the clip. The guy that was rescued owes his buddy-rescuer a LIFETIME supply of brews!!

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    • @PenceFan I totally agree with u he was very calm and did the unthinkable in a dangerous situation. after a quick check up at a hospital these guys can all drink a beer together and talk about it instead going to a funeral. Sometimes you don't see how cool headed action takers are until disaster strikes.

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  • this is fucking dangerous, the ski resort that I worked at a couple of years back, there was a guy riding alone in terain like this. He fell down a hole and drowned in powdersnow. Moral of the story; Never ride alone in conditions like this and use a beacon at all times :)

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  • Great friends! Some friends may have pissed on him just to create an air hole

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    • @parasela Yeah, I would've done that, but is that not the correct way to rescue?

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    • @Triode he survived so id say its correct. i dont see really any other way to get him out besides just digging. scary scary stuff for both the guy in the tree well and the rescuers. if my buddy was down there id be frantically digging scared shitless

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    • @Beowulf86 Likewise somestimes it the chance we take to save a friend/ family member knowing the dangers of falling into a confined space ourselves. Those rescuers could of all fallen in and, I applaud their bravery; although they could of become victims as well.

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    • @Beowulf86 Me too.

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  • Oh my God. That had to have been horrible. Great outcome. Had to have been the scariest 4 minutes of his life. Can't imagine.

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    • @dominatus84 it happenes quite frequently, even without a tree-well people get stuck in powder and suffocate or freeze to death.

      here is another one:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jvEYzh_1Sg

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  • Damn... intense. Nice rescue.

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  • I wonder how many of these dumb fuckers are out there in the snow chilling? There must be a lot of human popsicles out there in the world.

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  • Makes me want to fly south for the winter.

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  • Scary stuff. That has to be the worst feeling to be waiting for your friends to find you and dig you out.

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  • Fuck snowboarding, and anything else that involves being cold the whole time.

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  • Better kiss your friends, they saved your ass back there

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  • real friends indeed

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  • That's pretty scary. I can't imagine the terror, he is lucky they saw where he fell.

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  • Incredibly informative video. I was not even aware of tree wells before this.

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  • Ready for a beer? ha. That was probably the scariest moment of his life. Friends did a good job of locating and getting to him.

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  • Damn, I was totally unaware of this thing. I remember hitting a tree in my snowboarding days and falling in a hole around it, but I never thought something like that could become a life and death situation. Maybe the most dangerous part is if you fall head first in powder snow and can't get yourself free, but that's dangerous in any situation be it free riding or free styling. The most important thing is to never be alone. The guy in this video would have died in a few minutes if he'd have been More..

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  • That will give him some perspectives on things. I would hate to be in that situation especially since I'm getting a bit claustrophobic nowadays. It would ofc suck anyway but .. yeah.

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  • snowboarding is like jerking off with a choker: always have a spotter

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  • People who are going to do this really need to take with them some kind of self-contained breathing apparatus so they can stay alive until they can be dug out. Otherwise you are tempting fate and risking being fodder for "Natural Selection". At least he wasn't stupid enough to do this alone or out of view.

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