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Video: Colorado Snowboarder Caught In Avalanche Deploys Airbag And Survives

Apologies if this has already been posted. That airbag looks like a life saver.

Video: Colorado Snowboarder Caught In Avalanche Deploys Airbag And Survives | Blog | Teton Gravity Research
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whoa...

That would have been scary.
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Saw this earlier to as well

Pretty glad I have the same pack!

I wouldn't have hit that face in the first place though

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Great video....
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Happy she got away unharmed, but what a dangerous line to hit especially given what conditions have been this year.
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I wonder if the proliferation of airbags will embolden people to start riding questionable lines?
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sorry but I'm a midwestern'er and have only flown over mountains. I know zero about avalanches.

Does the skier deploy the bag???
I take it, it's designed to help keep them above the sliding snow to not get burried much like a life jacket/preserver???

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I wonder if the proliferation of airbags will embolden people to start riding questionable lines?
I've got one and I wouldn't have hit it during this seasons snow pack

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sorry but I'm a midwestern'er and have only flown over mountains. I know zero about avalanches.

Does the skier deploy the bag???
I take it, it's designed to help keep them above the sliding snow to not get burried much like a life jacket/preserver???


There's a trigger type of mechanism that is inside a pocket on the back pack. When taking lines like this you pull the trigger out of the pocket in case you have to use it.

If you trigger something and are going down, pull the trigger thing and the bags deploy.

The way I understand it is basically it changes your weight to space ratio and your head area becomes very light for the size it's taking up and that part of your body floats on top of the snow.

However, the most videos I've seen of test and such with these being deployed, the entire dummy or person seems to always stay on top of the snow.

So apparently the way I understand it of just keeping your head area up high is being debunked and basically the majority of your body will float, if you're lucky

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Saw this earlier. I am now looking at purchasing a bag. I am afraid though I would take more risk on terrain selection though. Not this year though since it is breaking to the ground and this bad boy won't do anything to keep you from trauma due to rocks.
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