Dramatic Video Shows Moment Snowmobiler Is Buried by Wyoming Avalanche

A snowmobiler survived several minutes under snow after being buried by an avalanche in Wyoming’s Star Valley on Monday, January 22, according to a witness.

Footage posted to Instagram shows Mason Mitchell Zak riding his snowmobile before noticing the incoming avalanche. Zak tries to ride away from the avalanche but ends up buried under 2 to 3 feet of snow, according to a witness account.

“We think he was under for about seven minutes. He was conscious, just a little confused, but pumped to be alive and have all of us uncovered and safe,” said Jake Dahl, a friend of Zak’s who was with him.

Dahl was also buried in snow but managed to free himself before helping to extricate Zak.

Speaking to Storyful, Zak said about snowmobiling: “I would just like to raise awareness of how serious it is and how important having the proper gear and training is. [I know] it looks fun and cool but save yourself and others the grief and do your research before going,” he said. Credit: Mason Mitchell Zak via Storyful

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