How Does a Snowmobile Survive a Snow Avalanche?

A little bit of dumb luck, and some crazy-brave quick-thinking friends.

The video starts like lost footage from a Bond movie: snowmobiles zipping across tundra, with one venturing up craggy, spruce-dotted slope. And then: the mountain gives way, the seemingly solid plane of the mountain crumbling into a rolling white liquid, taking the snowmobiler with down with it. Snowmobiler, meet avalanche. Luckily for the victim, his friends were able locate and excavate him from among the literal tons of snow within seconds, leaving a shocked but unharmed man who had just gone for the ride of his life. If this month’s relentless blizzard schedule hasn’t been word enough, we take this as a sign: fear the wrath of the snow gods.