ABS Personal Accounts

Avalanche accident in Tignes, February 2015

28 Feb 2015

"It doesnt matter how much or little skiing you have done, if you’re not careful out there, you can easily get caught out, which is unfortunately what happened to me on Saturday 28th February."

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Géraldine Fasnacht: Guardian angel in the avalanche

28 Apr 2014

"It was a fantastic powder day, with blue skies and good conditions, a perfect day to shoot a film. I hadn't realised that the snow cover had changed very suddenly due to a rise in temperature. It took quite a while to prepare for the run and around the middle of the slope, I noticed the difference. But by then it was already too late. As I came to the last steep section, directly in the sunshine, it happened: A wind slab broke away and the avalanche revealed its full might."

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Professional freerider Aymar Navarro survives avalanche in Aran valley

25 Jan 2013

It was on the 25th of January 2013 and it had snowed for days in the Aran Valley. The snow pack was more than 4 meters deep. On this day we had a warm, bluebird day!! The conditions were just amazing for filming and for skiing but the snow pack was also a little unstable in steep terrain. We had been looking at different areas for filming and finally we decided to go for the least exposed and less steep one ...

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Avalanche Arlberg area

13 Dec 2012

The slide occurred on a NE facing wind packed slope. I was skiing with a guide. We had ascended from the SW on skins. There was no previous evidence of recent slides. It was early season and there had been fresh snow and wind for the previous two days. We skied out under the rock face at the very top of the slope and began the descent from approximately 2,500 meters. It was a short distance to the edge of a cornice ...

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Professional Freeskier Elyse Saugstad survives massive avalanche at Stevens Pass

19 Feb 2012

Elyse: “… and it was very shocking to find that one of the victims that we found was buried literally three feet to my left… I fully believe that my ABS backpack saved my life. My thoughts and prayers are with those that lost their lives.” ...

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Avalanche accident Schwarzhorn, Switzerland

17 Feb 2012

There were multiple signs that the face / shoot we were going to ski was unstable as we came up the Schwarzhorn lift. A number of slides were visible which must have come down in the last 12 hours. As we got off the lift and skied over to I could feel a hollow nature to the snow. The others decided to head straight in and ski...

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Colorado: Should you buy an ABS pack? Mine saved my life today, I vote yes.

12 Dec 2010

I was on a 10-15 deg slope, just starting to roll over to a chute, I realized I was in the wrong place (horrid vis, I was off by about 45 deg from the side where I thought I was) & started to turn around. I was already on the edge of the snow, then saw cracking ...

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Avalanche accident in Kitzbühel Alps

06 Feb 2010

On Saturday, a friend of mine (Stina S.) and I wanted to ski down from Resterhöhe via Stangenjoch to Aschau in Tyrol. Bad visibility, however, meant that we got lost. When looking for the proper descent, we crossed a not particularly steep hillside facing the west

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Avalanche at Bregenzer Wald, Austria

24 Jan 2009

I have been caught in a snow slab avalanche that I released in the Bregenzer Wald this past Saturday. I immediately activated the ABS System ...

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The winner of the Freeride World Tour 2008 - Xavier De Le Rue - survives avalanche with ABS

28 Mar 2008

(...) "the abs just saved my life, I should even say that it makes me being here today a big miracle. (...) Speed is not always enough...even though you might hear me pretty often claiming that speed is your best friend in freeriding..."

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Avalanche accident in BC, Canada

16 Jan 2008

Well our group went to Castlegar BC Canada and I was caught in an avalanche just sidehilling to get from one spot to another ...

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Avalanche at Schröcken, Bockstein Area / Austria

04 Jan 2008

I have been a member of the Austrian Search and Rescue Team at OS Schröcken and completed a specialized avalanche course in order to become a member of the local and the Schröcken-Warth Avalanche Committee, and it is therefore of great concern to me to report my experience ...

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