“First of all in no way shape or form do I think being in an avalanche is cool or something to be proud of,” the Boulder, Colorado-based Porzak wrote in the posting about his near-death experience. “It’s scary getting caught in an avalanche, and something that should be avoided at all costs. But part of being in the backcountry is being open and honest with others so that they can learn and continue to enjoy the wilderness as well. I wanted to post this recent video of an avalanche I was in so that first, you could see just how much snow slid and how quickly it moved, but also to remind everyone out there of the possibility of avalanches, even in zones you have been skiing since you were a kid or where other skiers are present.”
Austin was skiing with friends in the East Vail Chutes in Vail, Colorado in late March 2016 when the avalanche occurred. The slide was so severe it sent him hurtling into a tree (which was snapped by the weight of the snow) before throwing him over a 50-foot cliff.
Fortunately, he was properly equipped with an avalanche probe and beacon, as well as an inflatable BCA Float avalanche airbag, and says that while he was lucky, that his BCA equipment likely saved his life.