Jaw-dropping photos show snowboarder inches from disaster – after accidentally creating an avalanche

These heart-stopping images show the moment one snowboarder came inches away from disaster – after accidentally creating an AVALANCHE.

The photos which were taken in Engleberg, Switzerland show snowboarder Xavier De Le Rue racing away from the devastating avalanche, which was sparked after he jumped over a loose stack of snow.

Pic by Tero Repo/Caters News – (Pictured: Engelberg, Switzerland. Xavier De Le Rue loosens the layer of snow on his way down the slope.)

In the nail-biting sequence, captured by intrepid photographer Tero Repo, the terrifying wall of snowmisses Xavier by just inches.

Pic by Tero Repo/Caters News – (Pictured: Engelberg, Switzerland. A cascade of snow begins to chase Xavier De Le Rue as he continues down the slope.)

Tero said Tom was lucky to escape the avalanche unscathed.

Pic by Tero Repo/Caters News – (Pictured: Engelberg, Switzerland. Xavier De Le Rue narrowly escapes the Avalanche.) –

He said: “If you fall you will get caught by the avalanche.

“The only way to escape it is to go faster

“I don’t like it, but avalanches are part of the game.”

Pic by Tero Repo/Caters News