“3, 2, 1 dropping, then a few turns when I suddenly realized that the whole face was cracking very quickly. I leaned back and went straight down in order to overtake the avalanche but it already was very, very big and getting bigger every second.”
This is what happened to Aymar Navarro on the 25th of January 2013 during filming in the Aran Valley in the Spanish Pyrenees: It had snowed the days before and the snow pack is more than 4 meters deep. Aymar, the film crew and a mountain guide decide to go for the least exposed and a less steep face for filming from the helicopter. When the snow swallows him he pulls the handle of his ABS backpack.
“The most incredible thing was that thanks to the two balloons that open when you activate the pack I was always on top of the avalanche, and they also protected me from a lot of impact and possible injuries” When the avalanche finally comes to a halt he is buried up to the chest. His team is able to locate him quickly from the helicopter and to dig him out.
“At the end it all was only a very scary experience and a very good lesson I have learned a lot from.”
Aymar Navarro was born in 1989 in Spain. He started skiing when he was 3 years old and has been skiing ever since. Until the age of 17 he competed in alpine skiing before he decided to become a professional freerider. His home resort is the Aràn Valley in the Spanish Pyrenees.
His biggest successes are 1st place in circuito Freeride Pirineos 2011 and 2012 and 10th place in FWQ Nendaz Freeride 2013.
He received additional publicity through a Ford commercial that was filmed with him in spring 2013 and he is one of the main riders of the Freeski movie “Aran in edit”.
Besides skiing he loves to climb, dive and trailrun.
In summer, when he is not skiing he is working as a fire fighter in Barcelona.