Snowboarding downhill, the man cuts through trees between groomed runs at White Pass. Suddenly the ground gives way and he tumbles head first into a hole.
He lands upside down alongside a tree. Fresh powder snow caves in, encasing him up to his feet and choking him. He thinks he might die.
Happily, in this real-life emergency the man’s snowboard buddies soon saw he was missing, hiked uphill, found him, and frantically dug him out. It was a close call.
Four Americans per year die from snow immersion in “tree wells.” Read the Yakima Herald-Republic article to learn how it happens and how the White Pass snowboarders saved their friend’s life.