Avalanche destroys chairlift in France

Last week’s snowstorms caused a few local avalanches on Mount Mansfield and Mount Washington, but while the seriousness of either should not be taken lightly by outdoor enthusiasts, the power of a full scale avalanche is truly something to behold.

In case you missed it, the following footage was taken last weekend at the St Francois-Longchamp resort in France, where a snow slide quickly turned into a full-scale avalanche, taking out a chairlift as wide-eyed skiers looked on.

In all, 41 people were rescued from the chairlift by helicopter. Remarkably, none were injured.

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