By Jamie Smith
These heart-stopping images show the moment one snowboarder came inches away from disaster – after accidentally creating an AVALANCHE.
The photos which were taken in Engleberg, Switzerland show snowboarder Xavier De Le Rue racing away from the devastating avalanche, which was sparked after he jumped over a loose stack of snow.
In the nail-biting sequence, captured by intrepid photographer Tero Repo, the terrifying wall of snow misses Xavier by just inches.
Tero said Tom was lucky to escape the avalanche unscathed.
He said: “If you fall you will get caught by the avalanche.
“The only way to escape it is to go faster
“I don’t like it, but avalanches are part of the game.”