I'm glad that has not happened to me yet, I'm pretty claustrophobic. I've been stuck under trees in deep snow which is a bitch to get out of, I couldn't imagine the shit that goes though your head in that situation.
I was caught in a tree well a year and a half ago in Canada, but not nearly as deep as that dude. I still had to be rescued by a guy in my group. These things happen so fast that you dont see it coming at all. The snow packs in and it becomes a struggle to move at all. Scariest thing that ever happened to me.
Looks scary as hell... He was lucky his friends were there...not like me...riding alone most of the times.
Yeah, I'm almost always alone when into the bad stuff. And I've been stuck before/wiped out and called for help to no answer. We usually just say we'll meet at the base of the lift if we get split up.
Maybe I'm ignorant but I think that'd be a lot less likely to happen with our dry light powder? Even several feet of it on top of you weighs almost nothing. I have ended up in a couple streams though and that could get dicey.