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Skier in Vail, Colorado is buried in an avalanche but manages to survive

3:19 PM, Dec 26, 2013   |    comments
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VAIL, Colorado (KUSA) -- Although avalanche danger in Colorado isn't necessarily high this Christmas, what happened near Vail over the weekend should serve as a warning for anyone who plans to explore the backcountry.

Edwin and Davis LaMair were out skiing east of Vail on Sunday with a friend, when Edwin accidentally triggered a massive avalanche.

The avalanche, which was 800 feet wide, swallowed Edwin up and dragged him face-first over a 20-foot cliff.

"It was my first real turn on the slope, and I saw downhill from me to the left that the snow was kind of cracking up and starting to slide," Edwin LaMair said.

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