You’ve heard about ABS packs; now watch one perform in a massive avalanche.
The run begins like any backcountry descent in the Spanish Pyrenees then there’s the heartbreaking moment. A crack splits across the slope. Trailer sized chunks of snow break into a jigsaw pattern. The slope becomes a river of snow cascading over the cliffs below. And freeskier Aymar Navarro is on for the ride. He’s lucky to have survived this massive slide.
While the ABS Pack might not be the only factor in him surviving, you can clearly see that even in a massive avalanche Navarro ended up on top.
This viral video has caused an avalanche of its own. Powder editor Matt Hansen wrote this Op-Ed about the video perpetuating skiing’s snow safety problems. Take a minute to read his story and the dialogue below. What do you think? Should ABS have used the video?
Avalanches are dangerous. And no product is going to make you invincible. Be safe out there!