Snow danger: dramatic footage shows skier narrowly escape avalanche
This dramatic footage shows a skier narrowly escape an AVALANCHE.
It was snow joke when Ugo Gerola marginally avoided being bundled over a steep cliff on the Aiguille du Midi in the French Alps.
At first the 23-year-old glides serenely over the powder white snow, occasionally using his parachute to take off and land metres away.
Almost out of the blue, a mini-avalanche comes into shot and nearly sweeps up the French freeride skier over the face of the 3,800m high mountain.
Lucky Ugo then watches as the powder, ice and rocks drop hundreds of feet below him as he floats in the clear blue skies.
Ugo said: “I was so lucky escaping the avalanche.
“I only just saw it at the last moment.
“Fortunately from my experience of skiing I knew where to go.
“Once I was safely away from the cliff face it was amazing to watch the snow falling below my feet.
“In that moment I felt incredibly small.”
Ugo has been speed riding for six years and works as a ski instructor throughout the winter months.
Freeriding involves skiing off a set course on un-groomed terrain.
Sometimes referred to as “off-piste”, there is a much higher possibility of there being avalanches as the snow is less stable.
Ugo said: “When I showed my friends the video they were amazed.
“Some of them say I’m crazy because of the dangers of freeriding but it just makes me feel alive.
“I have been practicing for many years now so the risk of my rides is always carefully calculated.”