Recent storms in California created some fresh snowfall and some of the best skiing and snowboarding conditions of the season. Unfortunately for this brave 12 year old girl from Studio City, CA it the same stormy conditions created a sudden avalanche on the slopes in Mammoth Mountain, CA last Saturday.
Watch as you see the entire event unfolds as snowboarder 12 year old Eleana suddenly realizes she doesn’t have enough time to dodge the oncoming torrent of snow and rock. “Everyone started running, but like I couldn’t because I was like in the snow. So I just ended up ducking down,” Eleana told CBSLA’s Andrea Fujii.
The helmet cam video shows Elena being rescued by nearby snowboarders. She was checked out by paramedics after being rescued and was fortunately ok. Eight others were partially buried in the avalanche did suffer minor injuries.
Avalanches kill more than 150 people worldwide each year. Most are snowmobilers, skiers, and snowboarders. Statistics show that 93 percent of avalanche victims survive if dug out within 15 minutes.
During the same weekend, a snowboarder Squaw Valley, CA was completely buried by an inbounds avalanche. He was dug out of feet of snow after someone spotted his snowboard sticking out of the snow.