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Skier lucky to be alive after being swallowed by an avalanche



An extremely lucky skier named Edwin LaMair was with his brother in the backwoods of Vail, Colo., when he got caught in an avalanche.

In an interview with TODAY, Edwin said he didn't know what was happening at first, but once he realized what was going on, he went into survival mode.

'I was trying to swim as hard as I could to get to the top,' Edwin said. 'I was immensely relieved when I realized that my face was above the surface and I could breathe,' he added.

The avalanche dragged him face first down the cliff over a 20-ft. cliff. When his brother saw what had happened, he raced down the hill, clearing the same cliff, to find his brother buried head deep.

It only took a few minutes for his brother and a friend to dig Edwin out -- and Edwin walked away with just a torn ACL and MCL.

The brothers said the sun was setting when the avalanche struck, and that if it had happened just a few minutes later, the outcome could have been very different.

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asronce December 31 2013 at 12:09 AM

Careless people die up there every year mostly out of bounds..been skiing vail for thirty years and never hurt myself or anyone else. It's all about staying in bounds, under control and not to the max..pretty much sums up my philosophy for life.

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ksnowkat133 December 30 2013 at 10:30 PM

No doubt out of bounds. You play in posted dangerous areas you pay.

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dennis December 30 2013 at 9:08 PM

Never extreme ski without an Avalanche Airbag strapped on your back.

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ksnowkat133 December 30 2013 at 10:30 PM

Got that right

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sicilia929 December 30 2013 at 8:45 PM

I remember reading a long time ago about a young man who went skiing for the first time. He was on the bunny slope and he hit a rock, fell and ended up a quadriplegic. Then there was Sonny Bono and one of the Kennedy cousins who ended up dead and now there is some famous German race car driver who is in a coma in France. This is why I don't ski!! It is safer to swim with sharks.

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metric cruiser December 30 2013 at 8:35 PM

I just hope these stories of the dangers of ski resorts doesn't lower the amount of visitors. The next thing to happen would be the price of the nicer lodging & lift tickets would become affordable to more than just the uber wealthy of the world.

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Tom December 30 2013 at 8:10 PM

lucky guy, 20 foot fall with avalanche,glad his bro was around

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'57mad December 30 2013 at 7:33 PM

later we find out they planned this and that is why they filmed(cut and spliced the video) it all.

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'57mad December 30 2013 at 7:31 PM

can we all say brain dead moron.

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Velocity105 December 30 2013 at 7:20 PM

Buried head deep? That's under 6" of snow. Wow gonna be hard to pull yourself out of 6" of snow.

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gabillyjacks December 30 2013 at 7:15 PM

Idiot???

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