Avalanche Airbag Survivor
Freeskier Aymar Navarro was skiing at a film shoot for a Ford commercial in the Spanish Pyrenees when he triggered a avalanche and became an Avalanche Airbag Survivor.
A camera team around Nil Torremocha was supposed to capture Freeski material, not an avalanche accident. Nil Torremocha is the man behind several incredible ski movies and knows his stuff when it comes to mountains and video.
The conditions were questionable when spanish freeskier Aymar Navarro began his descent from top of 2,802-meter high Tuc de Barloguera. The camera crew was filming his ride from the helicopter when suddenly the snow started to move and Aymar was caught in an avalanche.
Aymara Navaro was loaned the avalanche airbag just before the shoot and it is believed to have saved his life. It’s has been reported that it was a poor decision to ski this line in the first place. The 24-year old survived the accident with luck and his avalanche airbag. Occasionally good judgement is clouded by factors including business objectives and self esteem.
We want to clarify that the most important thing is to avoid an avalanche in the first place. But even when you are well trained and informed and traveling with an experienced group, there is always a residual risk. In case something goes wrong it is important to be prepared with a safety and rescue plan. An avalanche is always a life threatening situation and you should never take unnecessary risk.