Avalanches are one of the many ways in which nature demonstrates its potentially terrifying power. A beautiful day in the backcountry can turn harrowing, fast. Which is why it’s so important for anyone who spends time in avalanche territory to know exactly what to do in the event of one.

Backcountry Skier Survives Avalanche Thanks to Knowledgeable Friends

Three friends thought they were going out for a fun day on the slopes. In an instant, a wall of snow rushed in and one of them disappeared. To Hell in a Heartbeat is a powerful re-enactment that demonstrates just how critical it is to carry the right gear — and to know how to use it. Do you?

For more information on avalanche safety, check out Utah Avalanche Center and Know Before You Go

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Britany Robinson

Britany Robinson

Britany is a writer with bylines in BBC Travel, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, and more. When she's not at her computer, she's (hopefully) outside, hiking or camping with her dog. Oh and she definitely ate all of the chocolate out of the trail mix you're sharing.