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Video: Skier triggers Berthoud Pass avalanche, survives

Skier's helmet camera captures ride through avalanche at Berthoud Pass, Colo. Jan. 18, 2014. Courtesy: Lance Light

Skier's helmet camera captures ride through avalanche at Berthoud Pass, Colo. Jan. 18, 2014. Courtesy: Lance Light


DENVER — A man from the Denver area survived an avalanche that he says he triggered this weekend, and his helmet camera shot the video to prove it.

Lance Light tells FOX31 Denver News he was backcountry skiing on Berthoud Pass Saturday on  the west side of the parking lot near Nitro Chutes when this happened.

He was with a friend who chose a less-steep slope and stopped on a ridge.

Lance says he dropped down, took two turns and saw the avalanche.

He decided to go straight over a cliff, which you will see in the video, instead of risking having the avalanche carry him over it.

He landed on the slab as it was barreling down the slope.

Light says it carried him downhill and he deployed his air collar. The device is designed to help a person ride the top of an avalanche by decreasing density and increasing the skier’s size.

Light says this is his third season going backcountry skiing, but he has skied for a long time.

He plans to head back into the back country but he says he knows it’s better to be more conservative about what slopes and choices he makes in the future.

He was not hurt in the avalanche.

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