5 Survival Tips We Hope You’ll Never Need

Published October 1, 2015
Updated February 1, 2018

How To: Survive An Avalanche

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1. It might seem obvious, but the most important thing you can do to avoid perishing in an avalanche is to thrash around, effectively swimming, above the cascade of snow.

2. If you can manage it, keep one arm above your head as you thrash about — this helps alert rescuers to your location for one and, two, should you end up beneath the surface, it will help you orient yourself.

3. Speaking of orienting yourself amid the snow, another way to figure out which direction you want to dig (read: UP) is to spit. Figure out what direction your spit is falling in — and dig the other way.

4. Unlike being buried in a coffin, your air supply under mounds of snow is considerably less; about fifteen minutes. So again, don’t panic — and use your energy for digging.

Abby Norman
Abby Norman is a writer based in New England, currently writing a memoir for Nation Books. Her work has been featured on The Rumpus, The Independent, Cosmopolitan, Medium, Seventeen, Romper, Bustle, and Quartz.