Deadly Washington avalanche highlights airbag

Feb 21, 2012 | Posted by: Mr_Bill | Full story: www.usatoday.com

The weekend avalanche that killed three skiers near Stevens Pass, Wash., was the single-deadliest such accident in three years, but it highlighted a safety device that likely saved the life of a fourth skier caught in the slide.

Three skiers were buried alive in Sunday's avalanche, which occurred outside the boundaries of the Stevens Pass ski resort. Skier Elyse Saugstad, however, had time to deploy her "avalanche airbag backpack" as the onrushing wall of snow struck.

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These skiers were told that in this area was an
avalanche waiting to happen, and they thought
they were impervious. Why some people like to
live on the edge is why they sometimes pay
a horrific price for their stupidity.

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bobob wrote:
These skiers were told that in this area was an
avalanche waiting to happen, and they thought
they were impervious. Why some people like to
live on the edge is why they sometimes pay
a horrific price for their stupidity.
Youth.

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