Nature Video

BY Luke Kenton

This is the terrifying moment an avalanche breaks out inches in-front of one snowboarder, who is forced to watch on as his friend is swept away in the rush.

It was a beautiful day in Rose Knob Peak, Nevada, USA, on February 12, but 8,300ft above the ground things quickly took a turn for the worse.

Keen skier Brian Morris approaches the peak of a slope, when suddenly the powdery snow beneath his feet starts to crumble away, resulting in an avalanche.

While Brian makes a life-saving step backwards to avoid the ferocious flow of snow, Nathan LaBrosse – another member of the boarding group – is swept along by the barrage, causing him to disappear in the distance.

Brian said: “It was terrifying.

“I’ve been through all the avalanche training, but this is the first time I’ve seen one with my own eyes.

“I was surprised by the avalanche but also scared and dismayed for Nathan.

“I kept thinking of how freaked out he must’ve been, while trying to keep my eye on him, to ensure I knew where to start digging should he be buried in the slide.”

Nathan was flipped over once in the snow-slide, which miraculously launched him back upright, allowing him to board his way out of the worst of the avalanche’s flow and back out to safety.

Brian said: “The hardest part for me was just holding still as the seconds ticked by, waiting to see if Nathan was okay.

“Thankfully he finally emerged, giving me too shaky thumbs up as he got as far away from the slide as he could.

“I hope we never have to go through anything like that again.”