Snowboarders have narrow escape when they spark an AVALANCHE in Colorado
- Snowboarders Joseph Triscari and Jay DeRose triggered avalanche in Colorado
- Jay performed a ski-cut across the slope to test the snow – which started to slide
- The lucky escape was filmed at Berthoud Pass in the Rocky Mountains on Nov 25
A pair of snowboarders had a close encounter when they sparked an avalanche while out riding the snowy slopes in northern Colorado.
Joseph Triscari filmed their narrow escape at Berthoud Pass in the Rocky Mountains as he was out snowboarding with his friend Jay DeRose on Wednesday.
The pair had been out on the slopes all morning riding the aspects freshly blanketed with snow following a snowstorm the previous day.
They approached the slope featured in the video thinking it would make for another thrilling ride.
However, remaining vigilant, they cautiously tested the stability of the snow-packed slope by performing a ski cut – when a skier rapidly crosses the top to see if it starts an avalanche.
Luckily for them, they took the precaution as Jay triggers an avalanche as he performs the ski cut.
A pair of snowboarders had a close encounter when they sparked an avalanche while out riding the snowy slopes in northern Colorado following a snowstorm. Jay DeRose is filmed traversing the smooth slope to test the stability of the snow – which starts to slide
The video shows the unstable surface snow begin to slide violently down the slope moments after Jay crosses over it.
The smooth-looking snow breaks off, tumbling down the mountain in layers as slabs of snow break into ever-smaller pieces as they reach the bottom.
Grateful for their narrow escape, Joe shouts to his friend at the end of the clip: ‘Nicely done, dude!’
He said that they performed the ski-cut at the pass, despite not coming across any dangers on the slopes earlier in the day.
The video shows the unstable surface snow slide violently down the slope moments, tumbling down the mountain in layers. The lucky escape was filmed at Berthoud Pass in the Rocky Mountains on November 25
‘Everything we had ridden that morning was very stable and we witnessed no immediate dangers,’ he said.
‘We figured if it sat idle and showed no red flags it would most likely ride like the similar aspects we had ridden earlier that morning.
‘Thankfully our ski cut revealed the danger of the slope in question and we were able to safely change our game plan and continue snowboarding that day.’
Most avalanches occur during or after snowstorms and usually on a slope of 30 to 45 degrees.
Colorado is the most dangerous US state for avalanches with 4,273 slides recorded during the 2018-19 season which claimed eight lives.