SKI RESCUES: TREE WELLS
Tree wells are one of the biggest killers in the mountains, responsible for 20 per cent of all ski-related deaths.
What is a tree well? It usually forms under a big evergreen tree after a big dump of snow. Low hanging branches stop the snow from collecting around the base of a tree, creating a hollow.
90 per cent of people who fall into tree wells can’t get themselves out because they are often wedged head first underneath the snow.
This video shows what happened when a group of regular backcountry skiers had to rescue a team member when he fell into a tree well. This guy was lucky that his friends were on the scene quickly to help dig him out.
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SKI RESCUES: HANGING FROM A CHAIRLIFT
Imagine, it’s another day on the hill and suddenly the chairlift stops. You think it is just a kook that’s tripped while disembarking at the top. Actually there’s an entirely different reason your chairlift has ground to a halt. Halfway along, some kid has decided it would be a good idea to slip under the safety barrier and dangle from the chairlift. That’s what happened to the people in this ski rescue video. Luckily these guys were around to help out and catch the kid when he finally let go. How did he even get to that stage?
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