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(CBS News)   Skier escaping an avalanche does an epic backflip, still only gets a 9.1 from the Austrian judge (w/video)   (cbsnews.com) divider line 19
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2013-02-14 09:02:27 AM
Crikey!

/what?
 
2013-02-14 09:12:28 AM
Seems to me that the back flip was the stupid move to make.  You're more likely to crash and burn doing that than just going over normally.

But hey, he made it so all is good, right?  And it looks damn cool too.
 
2013-02-14 09:37:26 AM

BizarreMan: Seems to me that the back flip was the stupid move to make.  You're more likely to crash and burn doing that than just going over normally.

But hey, he made it so all is good, right?  And it looks damn cool too.


It was a competition. Backflips are encouraged.
 
2013-02-14 09:44:00 AM
they should probably not have competitions when the mountain they are competing on has high avalanche danger.  then again, that is usually means lots of great powder and it was a small avalanche with low risk of injury and there were plenty of rescuers nearby.
 
2013-02-14 10:04:25 AM

SlothB77: they should probably not have competitions when the mountain they are competing on has high avalanche danger.  then again, that is usually means lots of great powder and it was a small avalanche with low risk of injury and there were plenty of rescuers nearby.


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2013-02-14 10:26:43 AM
I haven't seen MacGyver for like 20 years, but whenever I see or hear anything relating to an avalanche I distinctly remember the episode where he gets buried in the snow, and uses his hollow ski pull to shoot out a flag or beacon or something.

/ok; if I remembered distinctly I'd know exactly what he shot through the pole, but whatever
 
2013-02-14 10:32:15 AM

skrame: I haven't seen MacGyver for like 20 years, but whenever I see or hear anything relating to an avalanche I distinctly remember the episode where he gets buried in the snow, and uses his hollow ski pull to shoot out a flag or beacon or something.

/ok; if I remembered distinctly I'd know exactly what he shot through the pole, but whatever


It's an avalanche... on Redeye!
 
2013-02-14 10:49:35 AM
That actually wasn't that impressive.
 
2013-02-14 10:56:55 AM
That was one of the most impressive things I've seen in a while.
 
2013-02-14 12:14:54 PM

BizarreMan: Seems to me that the back flip was the stupid move to make.  You're more likely to crash and burn doing that than just going over normally.

But hey, he made it so all is good, right?  And it looks damn cool too.


I would guess that he didn't know there was an avalanche behind him until he did that backflip and landed on the leading edge of the avalanche.  At that moment he went straight away from the moving snow and stopped doing any tricks.
 
2013-02-14 01:53:25 PM
Big deal. I do that every single time it snows here.
 
2013-02-14 02:54:25 PM

TheTrashcanMan: That actually wasn't that impressive.


litespeed74: That was one of the most impressive things I've seen in a while.


You guys should hang out.
 
2013-02-14 02:58:14 PM
Sure, would have been more impressive (crazy?) if it wasn't in the safe haven of a competition (with a bunch of rescuers ready to respond), but still, he had to see that avalanche coming, and to still do the jump took some brass.
 
2013-02-14 04:41:59 PM

Cheese and Rice: TheTrashcanMan: That actually wasn't that impressive.

litespeed74: That was one of the most impressive things I've seen in a while.

You guys should hang out.


::starts humming the Odd Couple theme::
 
2013-02-14 04:55:20 PM
For a big mountain competition, that really wasn't all that impressive. Granted, I wouldn't have hit either of those two drops (a bit much for my 42 year old bones), but it really wasn't a technically difficult line.
 
2013-02-14 05:46:26 PM
No. This video is part of the LAPD cover up. That is actual Dorner escape footage.
 
2013-02-15 12:20:38 AM
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   ...if only there was a systematic, scientific way to test the snowpack for weak layers that produce avalanches....thus allowing you to make an informed decision on the stability of said slope...stacking the odds in your favor of avoiding an avalanche....just sayin'....

/even a small slide can kill you.....
 
2013-02-15 01:10:18 AM
You've got to admire the BIG MOUNTAIN skiers.
To me everything looked normal for a photo shoot.  The snow was tracked in the area below the drop zone, and the skier went where he should have for a powder line.  And they though the snow might be safe where the skier was going.  Until he hit the overload point, where the snow lets loose the dogs of hell.
/I call photo-something-video-shop because if you've got an avalanche after you, a back-flip is not recommended.
//unless you know that you're near the bottom, and you realize that the avalanche is going to stop above your location
 
2013-02-15 05:32:27 PM
Not much of an avalanche there.
 
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