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02-16-2013 07:50 AM
Re: Can you suffocate falling in Deep Powder?

I wish I had this worry, moving out west soon times!
02-16-2013 04:56 AM
neni Since I don't get enough air breathing through the nose, I have to ride with open mouth. I try to concentrate to aat least grit my teeth.
Worst thing happening to me was when I hit a fence pole hidden in light dry snow. The following crash happend so unexpected and fast, I lost orientation and got stuck head down (vertical) with the arms bent backwards. Was very hard not to panik. Was glad to wear the face mask cause I'm shure my mouth was wide open while crasing.
02-15-2013 11:53 PM
rwspear just dont bail

02-14-2013 10:07 PM
Originally Posted by Snowolf View Post
Yep! Totally and deep snow is part of the NARSID issue. I have totally buried myself on the insane 4-5 feet dumps we get in the Cascades. Catch a toe edge and face plant and your world goes dark quickly. It's no joke and people have died from it.
I wish we had half that snow at a time.
02-08-2013 09:08 PM
Sick-Pow Be careful out there this weekend east coasters!!!
01-08-2013 04:32 PM
Originally Posted by BurtonAvenger View Post
Nothing like lawn darting into 8 feet of pow head first my first time riding out west in the winter. Shit can kill you people don't realize that at all. I've definitely choked on my fair share of white stuff (insert gay sexual reference).
No gay references here. I was thinking:

01-08-2013 04:10 PM
Originally Posted by AIRider View Post
I think I'll get that avalung, for the peace of mind.
I have one for when i'm out of bounds.

It's something but i wish i had an airbag.
01-08-2013 02:58 PM
AIRider I think I'll get that avalung, for the peace of mind.
01-08-2013 01:16 PM
Triple8Sol You def can. Doesn't need to be all that deep nor that far off-piste. Being buried is very disorienting...
01-08-2013 01:02 PM
Snurf As others have said, yes you can certainly suffocate by falling into deep powder.

IME you can experience severe breathing difficulties riding through deep, dry powder as well. You have to learn when to take a breath (usually coming out of a turn) if you're riding in blower or you won't get enough air.

This is true even with a mask on. The pressure of the snow can surprise you if you get a full face shot.
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