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I don’t know why this month old news didn’t get promulgated in North America. According to media [edited by WildSnow.com]:
On January 29, 2005, at 12:55 PM, Martin Gulsrud (24) of Norway was skiing an area near TUFS at the resort Tignes, France, when he was caught in an avalanche. He was buried approximately 2.5 meters beneath the surface for 20 minutes. Gulsrud and his group were following avalanche terrain protocol and skiing one at a time and carrying shovels, probes and avalanche beacons. More, nearby ski patrol responded to his deep burial with numerous personal and large shovels. Importantly, Gulsrud was wearing a Black Diamond Avalung and used it successfully.
|Dramatic photo shows backcountry skier Martin Gulsrud’s arm and head while being rescued alive from a 20 minute backcountry skiing avalanche burial. Photo is distributed as PR by Black Diamond, used by permission.|
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