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Watch: Bone-chilling avalanche rescue in Châtel, France

Here at FREESKIER, we do our best to convey to our readers just how dangerous backcountry skiing really is. Today, we are continuing to push that message via a humbling avalanche rescue video that just came across our radar, above, from Châtel, France.

The 12-minute video captures everything: the avalanche, the search and the rescue. And, though it’s long, we suggest you watch the whole thing. This is just a glimpse of what happens when things go wrong in the backcountry and the scariest part is that it can be much, much worse—especially for those who aren’t educated.

For those interested in becoming backcountry skiers, as well as those who have been out there without proper education, click here to check out a long list of avalanche safety courses. Whichever one you choose, it’ll be one of the greatest investments you’ve ever made.

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