Tragically this weekend, a snowboarder died in a tree well inbounds at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. While many of us might love skiing and riding in the trees (especially during dangerous avalanche conditions, when this can be a safer option), tree wells pose a real danger. A tree well is the area of deep, unconsolidated snow around the base of a tree that can “swallow” a rider if they come too close to the tree trunk. Snow immersion suffocation can occur if someone falls into a tree well, especially when they fall in headfirst and become immobilized. Pro skier and guide Chris Davenport demonstrates how to avoid falling in, and what to do if you or your partner do fall into one. If you fall in, stay calm. Grab on to any branches or the tree trunk and try to climb out. If you cannot get out alone, alert your partner that you are trapped, and have them shovel you out, moving snow downhill to excavate an exit.
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