A skier in the Canadian resort of Banff had a lucky escape after riding to
safety on the crest of an avalanche he triggered himself.

An avalanche warning was in place last week when Richie Nagle ventured into
the backcountry of Banff National Park. Capturing the scare on his
helmet-mounted GoPro camera, the keen skier dropped onto a slope from a snow
windlip, disturbing the snowpack he landed on enough for it to start to
slide beneath him.

He was then forced to ride out the avalanche, which was described on Reddit,
where the video was shared, as 2.5 on the Canadian scale, which means it
could “bury, injure or kill a person”. The scale goes up to five.

“I pointed my skis down the mountain and managed to stay upright until I
outran the slide and terrain levelled off,” Nagle wrote on Instagram.


Nagle struggles to stay in control on top of the avalanche
(YouTube/Ritchie Nagle)

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