White Pass, Central Cascades, WA – February 2009
The snow slide totally took us by surprise. We had skied this line hundreds of times before, but learned that’s no guarantee that it won’t slide. Our buddy WD got buried two or three feet deep under the avalanche debris.
We had him pinpointed with out Tracker avalanche transceivers in a minute or two and had his airway exposed in about ten minutes. This incident totally reinforced all the practice we had done.
I never panicked; I went through the beacon search like a robot. That’s what you want at a time like this.