Professional skier Elyse Saugstad was caught in an avalanche while out and about in the Stevens Pass resort in the north-east mountains of the US. Three of her friends died, but Saugstad made it through thanks to her portable airbag.
It’s spring on Mars and it’s avalanche season. NASA’s HiRISE satellite was on hand to capture the action as dirt, dust and fine-grained ice cascades like snow on Earth, flying down the side of a massive Martian mountain range.
Meesh Hytner was doing typical pro-snowboarder things, participating in an informal backcountry competition in Colorado, when suddenly she found herself in a class-3 avalanche. Lucky for her, she was wearing an emergency airbag system, and lucky for you, there's video.