Géraldine Fasnacht
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Geraldine Fasnacht
Escaping an avalanche

As a freerider and wingsuit flyer, Géraldine is aware of the risks. But because it's her job, she knows how to deal with them in a suitably professionally manner. Géraldine is known for her extremely professional and meticulous planning, which often takes days or weeks. She had always managed to correctly assess the dangers and minimise residual risk – until April 2014, when she was surprised by a large avalanche and had no chance to escape ...

Guardian angel airbag

"We were shooting a film on my local mountain in Verbier, where I know every couloir," she says. "The first two runs were perfect and since the conditions were still good, I went up a third time. It took some time to prepare and as I set off, I noticed that the snow had changed in a very short time," she explains. But by then it was too late, a wind slab broke away and the avalanche got up to full force. "It took me along with it and I knew that there was nothing I could do to get away. So I activated my airbag – for the first time in 15 years as a professional. It felt as if someone had grabbed me by the shoulders and pulled me upwards. It was my guardian angel – my ABS TwinBag."

Geraldine Fasnacht
About Géraldine

Having grown-up in a mountain-savvy family in Lausanne, Géraldine was on skis at two years old. By the time she was 14, she was already snowboarding down the region's most challenging couloirs. At the age of 20, she was one of the world's best extreme snowboarders, had won three Verbier X-tremes and two Freeride World Tour events, followed by several podium finishes. For many years, she has gone wingsuit flying in the summer – travelling all over the world. Géraldine spends around 250 days in the mountains every year.