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.
Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.
Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.