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One-In-A-Million Chance Leads to Heroic Rescue on the Slopes [Video]



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Francis Zuber was skiing on Mt. Baker in Washington state when he had a one-in-a-million chance to become a hero.

Maneuvering around the tops of trees in deep powder, he fell off his skis in a “tree well” just a few feet away from a snowboarder who was completely buried head-first in a massive snow drift. But Zuber spotted the snowboard wriggling around and realized it was still attached to someone below.

Without hesitation, Zuber approached the scene and asked if the snowboarder was alright. When he received no response, he hurried over and frantically dug with his hands until the man’s reflective visor poked out of the snow and he took a big gulp of air.

“Thank you,” the snowboarder said. “Yeah, no problem,” Zuber replied, adding that they were both going to catch their breath.

Zuber’s heroic act serves as a reminder of the importance of being prepared for avalanche safety and rescue in backcountry skiing and snowboarding.

He recommends that every backcountry skier and snowboarder take an avalanche safety and rescue course, such as the Avy 1, to learn what to do in situations like this and to always look out for each other.