By Federico Cornetto
The breathtaking moment an avalanche broke loose and dragged a snowboarder 100 metres down a hill has been caught on camera.
Snowpark owners Felix Ehmann and Mario Grinschgl were snowboarding off-piste in Sankt Gertraud, Kärnten, Austria, and filming some of their favourite tricks when Mario fell on his bottom after a brave jump.
But their disappointment over the failed trick soon gave way to fear as Mario’s collision with the snow triggered a small avalanche.
Felix could only look over in amazement as a long crack opened in the powder snow and his friend was carried more than 300 feet away towards the distant trees.
Felix said: “I did not believe my eyes what was happening and saw that Mario did not know what was going on either.”
Felix immediately rushed down the hill to the place where the snow slip had dragged Mario.
Fortunately, he found his friend unharmed and amused by the extreme experience.
Felix said: “When I rode to him I thought to myself where I can I get the best help now.
“But then I saw him laughing and uninjured and I was relieved.”