A group of skiers waiting to descend an off-piste slope in the Alps were caught off-guard when they triggered a massive avalanche. A huge mass of loose snow fell beneath their feet and sent the skiers flying down the mountain.
One skier, who chose not to be named, caught the amazing moment on camera as the ridge of snow gives way. The off-piste skiers near the resort of St Anton in Austria were planning on descending the perilous slope one at a time.
One skier said: ‘We didn’t realise that we already put a ton of pressure on the snow. ‘After the avalanche I was in a bit of a shock and had no clue how many of my friends were buried or not. ‘Happy to be alive I started to search to see if I could find anyone, not knowing if there was anyone underneath the snow.’
None of the skiers were injured in the shocking incident or buried by the snow but a mountain rescue team had to rush to the scene. The skier said the rescue team were surprised by the location of the avalanche as it was a popular route. On the day of the incident, an avalanche report warned of expected avalanches on steep, sunny terrain in the region.
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