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[–]crmacjr 368 points369 points  (76 children)

I wonder if he saw it before committing to the flip.

[–]Fizrock 243 points244 points  (72 children)

I've seen this video around before. I'm pretty sure he had no idea it was there.

[–]Aeracs 87 points88 points  (71 children)

He probably saw it mid flip /s

[–]BewareTheJew 57 points58 points  (66 children)

Actually he probably did, though I would imagine he knew the risk of a fracture was pretty high. Most folks with basic avy training could recognize that slope was ready to fall. I'm surprised they didn't stop it for safety.

[–]sla342 20 points21 points  (41 children)

My thoughts exactly. That was someone’s one and only job to recognize avalanche conditions. Given, it wasn’t a major one but certainly enough to cause harm.

[–]BewareTheJew 4 points5 points  (37 children)

Yeah, definitely. If you just look at those fracture lines it doesn't take an expert to realize the rest of the snow pack is ready to go.

[–]Khazahk 10 points11 points  (28 children)

Nah, you can see the 1000 ski grooves from previous runs. He was skiing in a fresh area sure, but he's got 20+ people watching him and that yellow backpack is basically a car airbag ment to float him close to the surface if he was caught in an avalanche. He was in very little extra danger.

[–]ridgecat627 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly, professionals doing what they are trained to do. Not a large avalanche to begin with either.

[–]seledorn 4 points5 points  (7 children)

Very little my ass. How many went before is irrelevant, the avalanche went off... Without an avalanche airbag getting stuck in one is like 1/3 chance you die, with one it's lower, but it sure as shit ain't close to 0.

[–]BoochBeam 3 points4 points  (6 children)

It is when you have a helicopter over watching you.

[–]seledorn 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Well it's always nice having someone watching you die I guess. Avalanches doesn't only kill through suffocation, they tumble you around quite a bit and hopefully nothing of value breaks in the process.

You can argue that you like it so much that the risk is worth it, but you're high if you think getting into an avalanche is risk-free.

[–]BewareTheJew -1 points0 points  (18 children)

So because someone went before and you have an avy bag it's all good? Regardless if you can see fault lines?

[–]Aiku 7 points8 points  (2 children)

The guy's got a damn helo video crew!

It's all about the views. Outrunning an avalanche is way cooler than just skiing down a fucking hill.

[–]BewareTheJew 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I'll definitely agree with that, but this wasn't a video part. It was part of the free ride world tour.

[–]ItsOliviaWilde -1 points0 points  (14 children)

There is still a risk of danger, albeit in this case its low. They are equipped with safety gear and have rescue teams if anything goes wrong.

[–]Aiku 2 points3 points  (7 children)

Because he would never consider doing that run with a helicopter video crew under unsafe conditions. /s

[–]BewareTheJew 3 points4 points  (5 children)

A helicopter is what's gonna rescue you when you're buried?

[–]SquirtLikeABoss 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They just keep calling his cellphone till they find him.

[–]SellMeBtc 0 points1 point  (0 children)

holy shit reddit knows nothing about avalanches...

[–]dego_frank 3 points4 points  (21 children)

Possible but they’re usually looking at their landing.

He caused the slide with a hard landing. There were multiple riders that already completed their freestyle close by. The backpack wasn’t just for looks and there was support nearby. Most folks with basic avy knowledge could see that.

[–]BewareTheJew 0 points1 point  (20 children)

Sure, but he also tracked a brand new line later in the day... it was obviously unsafe from the previous slide. Avy packs also don't make it okay to go into avalanche areas the same way seat belts don't make it okay to drive into oncoming traffic. I think the rider knew the risks and was able to drop before safety completely closed the competition.

[–]Ethenolic 1 point2 points  (8 children)

Driving into oncoming traffic is a bit of an extreme example.

[–]dego_frank -1 points0 points  (10 children)

What previous slide? An avy pack at an event in an area where you’ve got spotters and cameras on you with no trees to be seen. Sorry man, it’s time to clock in. That’s not a situation where you’re likely to die.

[–]Wearin_Backpacks 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Agreed. The risk was super low.

[–]Ethenolic 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Relevant username.

[–]Doikor -1 points0 points  (1 child)

That’s not a situation where you’re likely to die.

Not by getting buried but still can die to the blunt force trauma by hitting rocks or snow/ice boulders and being dragged off a big drop and falling down head first or something.

[–]dego_frank 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You’re traveling with the snow and you’re not riding it like a magic carpet.

[–]chevy1500 0 points1 point  (0 children)

lol when i do my back flips i cant help but close my eyes.

[–]FionHS 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Honestly it looked to me like they were trying to set it off on purpose, with the express goal of capturing that stunt.

[–]Toxikomania 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"Just gonna check if there's an avalanche behind me real quick."

[–]Coraciasgarrulus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He thought he MAY have heard something behind him The flip was just his way of checking his six to confirm.

[–]Toad32 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Have you ever done a flip? You are not looking at anything, it's just a blur.

[–]coffffeeee 4 points5 points  (2 children)

It almost looked like he was trying to start an avalance the way he was making such hard cuts in soft powder like that to be honest. I can only speculate though I dont know anything about skiing in this kind of snow

[–]Amezis 19 points20 points  (1 child)

He's making such hard cuts because it's very steep. It's much steeper than it looks like in the video.

He obviously didn't want to or try to start an avalanche.

[–]bubblesfix 10 points11 points  (0 children)

The truth any downhill skier will recognize. It's always steeper than it looks, no matter how step it is.

[–]BaKdGoOdZ0203 204 points205 points  (5 children)

T. R. I. C. K. Y.

SUPER

UBER

BOOST

[–]papahawk 56 points57 points  (0 children)

CALL YOUR MAMA IN THE ROOM AND SHOW HER HOW GREAT YOU ARE

[–]JackD654 22 points23 points  (0 children)

YEAH YEAH YEAH THAT'S A GOOOOD TRICK

[–]Fizzrocket 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I CAN SEE MY HOUSE FROM HERE

[–]BaKdGoOdZ0203 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"I'm so high right now, I can't even see my hair!"

[–]lukeLOL 1 point2 points  (0 children)

WORK YOUR BODY, WORK YOUR BODY.

shit wrong game

[–]citizen-zombie 180 points181 points  (3 children)

That was impressive.

[–]KraftyRre 24 points25 points  (1 child)

That's a huge pair of snowballs

[–]TimmyMiller 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sadly, he got laid to death later that day

[–]esipmac 21 points22 points  (1 child)

Pretty sure he had no idea there was an avalanche behind him.

[–]R6_Addict 4 points5 points  (0 children)

He had to do the back flip to check if there was one.

[–]ModernPoultry 43 points44 points  (0 children)

He needed to hit the trick button off the jump to get a speed boost when he landed. This is basic Mario Karting people

[–]AlligatorDeathSaw 18 points19 points  (35 children)

For more on slough management, this video is worth a watch

https://vimeo.com/81242736

for a particularly good line jump to 5:00

Edit: and this

https://vimeo.com/76734534

Skip to 4:00

[–]rh1413 15 points16 points  (33 children)

Can you give me a word that “slough” rhymes with. Because I’m not sure it it sounds like cuff or slow or plow or stew.

[–]radicalelation 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Rough.

[–]AlligatorDeathSaw 9 points10 points  (14 children)

it rhymes with cuff but I personally thought it was spelled slough. However, google, at first glance, seems to think both spellings are acceptable

[–]Docaroo 4 points5 points  (1 child)

There's a town in England called Slough and it is pronounced to rhyme with "plow".

[–]Bouq_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Slough can also mean something akin to a swamp. In that case it's pronounced 'slou'

[–]thirtytwoounces -1 points0 points  (7 children)

[–]rh1413 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Wait, everyone else said it’s pronounced different.

And who the fuck would subscribe to that YouTube channel lol

[–]thisismybirthday 0 points1 point  (1 child)

that youtube video has it wrong. maybe if you're in the UK you'd say it like that, but normal people say it like everyone in the thread has said.

[–]vibrate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Slough is a town in the UK, and that's how you pronounce it.

https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Slough

[–]AlligatorDeathSaw 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Wow! The more you know I guess.

But also this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFmAqky7k8k

Maybe both pronunciations are acceptable?

[–]oniongasm 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It depends on the usage!

There's slough, which is to shed a layer, as in dead skin or rubble or snow. As a noun, it's also dead skin that's been shed.

There's also Slough, which is a town in England.

There's also slough, which has a few meanings.

  • a swamp.

  • NORTH AMERICAN: a side channel or inlet, or a natural channel that is only sporadically filled with water.

  • a situation characterized by lack of progress or activity. "the economic slough of the interwar years"

Shedding --> sluff

Town --> slou (like in that first video, ou as in "ouch, that hurt")

Swamp/Channel/Stagnation --> Google gives two options, either the same as the town or the same as in "I slew the dragon". I've never heard anyone use slough with the swamp or stagnation definitions, all I've heard is "slew" for a channel.

[–]thirtytwoounces 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That was insane.

[–]viol8tion 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Well when you’ve got a helicopter and GPS and probably snowmobiles and a rescue crew, you’re got some backup!!! GO BIG HOMIE, that was AMAZING!

[–]Hobojoe12 11 points12 points  (2 children)

You might be cool, but you’ll never be backflip during an avalanche cool.

[–]peasant_ascending 2 points3 points  (1 child)

i've got 4 popped collars. am I cool?

[–]errybodyloveschris 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Are you poppin' those 4 collars while backflipping in front of an avalanche?

[–]_sky_777 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Casual

[–]Ultomozord 4 points5 points  (1 child)

He said it was intentional (i.e. He saw the avalanche and decided to just go for it) source

[–]VladymyrPutin[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thanks for clarifying that

[–]rhymepro 43 points44 points  (43 children)

That was just sluff, not an avi. Impressive none the less tho.

[–]Amezis 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Dude the avalanche is filled with blocks that are bigger than him and you call that sluff? That is more than enough snow to completely to bury a person.

[–]AlligatorDeathSaw 27 points28 points  (5 children)

Loose snow avalanches are still avalanches and at one point you can distinctively see pieces of slab coming down after him so I don't think you can say 'that was just a sluff' even though there is no real distinction between 'slough and real avalanche'

[–]Ethenolic -1 points0 points  (0 children)

It is an avalanche, check my reply to him.

[–]what_are_you_saying 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Definitely a slab, you can see it at 0:51.

[–]neatopat 20 points21 points  (24 children)

This is absolutely not a slough slide. It is a soft slab avalanche that can most certainly bury and kill you. You can clearly see the slab breaking apart and wide propagation. You have no idea what you're talking about.

[–]SHlTSANDWICH 1 point2 points  (8 children)

Looks small from the sky but even small slides like that are enough to possibly bury you. Getting crushed isn't a real danger when they're this small. But if you don't have people nearby to pull you out, you could easily suffocate if buried. He probably would have been fine if he got caught in that tho

[–]robdiqulous 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That was my thought. I'm sure he didn't want to get caught but probably would have been fine. Especially since it looked like a sponsored event.

[–]SlowlySailing 27 points28 points  (0 children)

I'm surprised he managed to nail the rotation without being thrown off balance by his absolutely massive steel balls.

[–]sundancegt 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I noticed was that he lost his Go-Pro. I always tether mine as I've lost one, but found it two days later.

[–]1nitestand83 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Balls of Steel!!!!

[–]elocholero 1 point2 points  (0 children)

its an avalanche

[–]_Ned 1 point2 points  (2 children)

How was this shape made @ 1:15?

[–]VladymyrPutin[S] 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If you look a little underneath the bottom of the figure 8, you'll see two tracks that seemingly materialize out of thin air (snow?). It looks to me like the figure 8 is from two different runs and each skier jumped off the small hill they were on and landed two meters downhill.

https://i.imgur.com/xl8HV0U.png

[–]_Ned 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Ah good observation, I figured it had to be two skiers/runs, but I didn't realize there was a hill they were launching off and landing slightly lower.

[–]gareity 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's a bit risky for such a mission critical jump

[–]AliasBr1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And that was how Sverre Liliequist died from drowning. Not in an avalanche, but in pussy.

[–]MargretKimber 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That was terrifying!

[–]Exilimer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Straight out of an action movie!

[–]Flemtality 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fresh powder.

[–]lappnisse 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Meep Meep. I'm a skier. Fuck you snow!

[–]meckelangelo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Where'd his GoPro go?

[–]Pluvialis 0 points1 point  (1 child)

I'm sure glad they included the sound of the helicopter throughout that video.

[–]b-movies 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yeah, I was thinking the same. Also really weird that for such an expensive production (well into 5 figures) they wouldn't balance the colour on the front camera (it's noticeably darker and really jars imo)

[–]DirectlyTalkingToYou 0 points1 point  (0 children)

His response ”Ahhh eeehhg aeegghh...”

[–]thecodemaker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Impressive.

[–]Phrankespo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That had to be such a rush...

[–]Jesse_J 0 points1 point  (0 children)

rad

[–]ApolloTheDarkHorse 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I'll never feel as high as that guy must've felt doing that.

[–]DavidChristen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Does anyone know what goggle and helmet setup that was?

[–]T_DB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I WILL BE HEARD

[–]universaljoint 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He wasn't outrunning the avalanche very well at that moment either. Epic video that I'm sure he's very happy to have made / survived.

[–]blacksun_redux 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sickbird! Oh wait, wrong comp.

[–]stealthispost 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I feel like he became aware of that avalanche when he was upside down in the air facing backwards in the middle of his flip.

[–]valueape 0 points1 point  (3 children)

A guy I knew of once hiked solo back country to ski a certain chute. He started a bit of a slide but came out ok. It was actually a big stoke, skiing through the slough, he'd said. a week or two later he went back for more but this time he got caught in some heavier stuff and was killed. Had a successful biz, wife, and young kid.

[–]Ethenolic 0 points1 point  (2 children)

That's why you only do this stuff with lots of support people.

[–]stormblooper 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Or not at all, if you have a kid.

[–]Ethenolic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fair enough.

[–]VehaMeursault 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He wasn't aware of it, and it was a small avalanche. Still impressive jump though.

[–]Thopterthallid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

How else was he gonna know if it was gaining on him?

[–]Rusty-Shackleford 0 points1 point  (0 children)

And yet he STILL gets eaten by the Yeti.

[–]petrip 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thought there were some rather nasty huge boulders on the slope but it was just his balls.

[–]sweeetttooo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

See what happened when they were using phone;cctv footage https://youtu.be/dfkn3Za7BSo

[–]sweeetttooo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

See what happened when they were using phone;cctv footage https://youtu.be/dfkn3Za7BSo

[–]the_barroom_hero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

LEGENDAAAAAARYYYYYY!

[–]IronPeter 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Like a boss

[–]Basic_Compilations 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow that is cool

[–]Xela79 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ok so that's the stunt guy in Triple X https://youtu.be/3Q__yb5bp_4?t=64

[–]catchlight22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"avalanche"

[–]Arteey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Did he win?

[–]alumpybiscuit 0 points1 point  (0 children)

some say he's still skiing to this day

[–]pm_me_your_choker_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

He didn't run so how can he outrun?

[–]nitishdeb87 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I wouldn't even be surprised if they did this on purpose.

[–]WingerRules 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe wasnt aware of the avalanche?

[–]GteatClips 0 points1 point  (0 children)

cool as hell!

[–]Lord_Avvakum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"he would have jumped higher, but his balls were weighing him down" -stolen YT comment

[–]notroxer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

haha thats sick... i think he didnt recognize what was behind him 😝

[–]HelloIamOnTheNet 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was going to ask if this is the new extreme thing (start an avalanche and outrun it), but based on the comments, it looks like it was an accident.

Still wouldn't be surprised if it did become the new extreme thing to do on skies.

[–]lathe_down_sally 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is no one gonna talk about that little rodent creature?

[–]Trynottobeacunt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thought they were filming from a helicopter, but when he did the flip it became apparent that they were filming from a hype train.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Dude never saw it before he did the back flip...that was sick!!

[–]dee_you_bitchh 0 points1 point  (0 children)

if my girlfriend cheated on me with this guy i honestly wouldn't even be mad

[–]lionhart44 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Badassery at it's finest

[–]William_Buxton 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I watched this with this playing in the background. Better experience IMO.

[–]elocholero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I was fearing for him

[–]elocholero 0 points1 point  (0 children)

steel balls

[–]anikolin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

So sick!

[–]icyxios 0 points1 point  (0 children)

avalanche

[–]ScottDubery 0 points1 point  (1 child)

back flip in Avalanche

[–]ScottDubery 0 points1 point  (0 children)

too Crazy

[–]lilkidm23 0 points1 point  (0 children)

OMG!!!

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

What helmet is he wearing?

[–]VladymyrPutin[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

no clue, sorry

[–]RoopertPupkin 0 points1 point  (2 children)

How could the figure 8 at 1:15 be possible for a skier? I mean, I just saw a guy outrun an avalanche so I'm guessing it's able to be done somehow?

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[–]VladymyrPutin[S] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you look a little underneath the bottom of the figure 8, you'll see two tracks that seemingly materialize out of thin air (snow?). It looks to me like the figure 8 is from two different runs and each skier jumped off the small hill they were on and landed two meters downhill.

[–]Tritoch77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To be honest, that looked like a pretty weak avalanche. The avalanche pretty much dies ten feet in front of where he landed the backflip.

[–]ive_lost_my_keys -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That guys balls are bigger than my home.

[–]MeetAlbondigas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It must hurt when he jumps and his nuts bounce off the ground

[–]ACunningMuffin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Red Bull had better sponsor this guy

[–]btadeus -2 points-1 points  (8 children)

That avalanche was HUGE!!!!

[–]Strive_for_Altruism 11 points12 points  (7 children)

It was a pretty small avi by conventional standard to be honest. Still really impressive though

[–]AVeryKindPerson -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Definitely CGI. You can tell by the blue sheep creature with wings in the first 10 seconds!

[–]KorvisKhan -5 points-4 points  (2 children)

Bit of a stretch calling that an avalanche. But nice back flip

[–]chevria0 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well it was a mudslide

[–]AlligatorDeathSaw 3 points4 points  (0 children)

How so? Seems pretty avalanchey to me

[–]Jake_mcmiller -1 points0 points  (0 children)

That’s fucking metal man

[–]WhereverUGoThereUR -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Flippin' epic. Literally.

[–]TheMadmanAndre -1 points0 points  (0 children)

This dude probably occasionally has blood in his adrenalinestream...

[–]dgpoop -1 points0 points  (1 child)

That was not an avalanche

[–]AlligatorDeathSaw 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yes it was. See that slab debris at 0:54? That's obviously an avalanche