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Inside an avalanche: Watch snowboarder's inflatable backpack save his life during disaster

Inside an avalanche: Watch snowboarder's inflatable backpack save his life during disaster

A camera mounted on his helmet captured the moment the hillside collapsed beneath his feet.

Tom Oye was riding in the Brandywine snowmobile area near Whistler, B.C. Wednesday morning when he entered an area called Chocolate Bowl, he wrote in notes with the video posted online.

Tom Oye, 29, lived to post the video thanks to a pricey backpack that can inflate like a car's airbag.

Oye then took to Facebook and made light of the situation.

During the terrifying fall, Mr Oye inflates his backpack, specifically created to keep skiers and snowboarders near the surface in an avalanche.

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An Australian snowboarder has shared a frightening GoPro video after he was caught in an avalanche on Whistler Mountain. The footage starts with him carving snow when the white pack suddenly cracks and slips.

But he was saved from serious injury by the inflatable backpack, which acted as a giant cushion.

"Some of the results we were seeing from our tests were quite scary, it was very reactive", he said.

"Having seen him come off motorbikes and that sort of thing, you know, you're a bit prepared I guess", she said. The Black Diamond bag Oye wore costs $1,100 (£900, AU$1,470), and his friends recently gave it to him as a gift.

Avalanche forecaster Mark Grist, with Avalanche Canada, said essential gear for avalanche country includes transceivers, shovels and avalanche probes.


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