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How does an avalanche airbag work

 

13 January 2016 Author Paul Quigley

 

Avalanche airbags are being claimed to highly increase the chances of survival when caught up in an avalanche. Theory says that bigger objects end up on the surface after an avalanche, and this is precisely what these new pieces of ski safety equipment are designed for, to make skiers "a bigger object".

 

 

Clicking on the following BBC link you can also see a demonstrative video that ends with popular Spanish freeskier Aymar Navarro using and ABS avalanche airbag when caught up in an avalanche whilst filming for a car advert in the Pyrinees: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31369351.