The recent death of a Colorado Springs woman in Utah has sparked a lot of talk about avalanches. Here in Colorado, we get avalanche watches and warnings all the time.
We have the unbelievable video and an exclusive interview with the man who got caught up in an avalanche and captured the whole ordeal on camera.
Cody Strong told 11 News he’s still in shock and can't believe he survived. He was snowmobiling near Gunnison at the time.
On the Colorado Avalanche Information Center website, the Gunnison area is in a high danger for avalanches, and Monday, had an avalanche warning in effect.
The video caught on Strong’s helmet camera shows him riding around through the trees. Then, in an instant, a wall of snow hits him.
"It literally felt like I was flying through the air, like I felt like impact on me and everything," Strong recalled.
He was swept away in an avalanche. He said the snow ripped him off his snowmobile and took him roughly 100 feet.
"It literally ended up being like a freight train that took me away. As fast as I said that, it was done and over with,” Strong said. “You see it, (then) you can't see anything, you're body is going through motions, and then it's done and over with and you stop."
Once the panic stopped, and he saw all of his friends were okay, he took a minute to let everything that happened sink in.
"We literally survived an avalanche, that could've been way worse than it was," Strong said.
Strong said this has prompted him to be more cautious and he is now going to take avalanche safety courses. He encourages anyone who's headed out into any of these areas in the backcountry to do the same.
For information about avalanches and avalanche safety, click the link below. Strong's full video can also be seen in the link on the right-hand side.