Utah snowboarder films himself getting buried to his armpits in avalanche

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EDEN, Utah -- A  snowboarder had a close call after getting caught in an avalanche at Powder Mountain Resort in Utah on Monday, and caught it on camera.

Garret Hunting said he went up to the mountain to take advantage of all the fresh powder.

“I was really stoked to get up there because I knew we had just gotten 30-plus inches in the mountains,” Hunting told KSTU.

But his day quickly went downhill when he got to his favorite spot because of all the new snow and very windy conditions, it didn’t look quite right.

“I knew it looked a little sketchy but there’s only one way down once you get to a certain point,” Hunting said.

So Hunting pointed his board downhill and his friend followed.

“Right here you can see my friend Brinton and you can see the crack where it breaks away,” Hunting said, describing the video of the avalanche.

“Everything slows down at that point everything flashes before your eyes. I literally took my last breath put my hand to my face just in case I did get buried and I could maybe punch myself an air box or something.”

Hunting did everything he could to keep his head above the snow and when the slide finally stopped he could barely move.

“Right here I’m buried up to my armpits so I had to dig myself out,” Hunting said.

After seeing all the snow above him and below him, Hunting felt lucky to be alive.

“If I were up higher on the mountain, I might not be talking to you right now,” Hunting said.

Powder Mountain Resort said it's grateful no one was hurt.

After the avalanche, it sent crews and found this was the smallest possible rating for an avalanche, but it's also an area where it doesn't see many problems.

It said it's a reminder that avalanches can happen anywhere and to always be prepared.

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