When you’re caught in an avalanche, time is of the essence. Every second that passes puts you at greater risk of suffocation—or worse. That’s why wearing an Avalung is a smart idea if you’re skiing or snowboarding in avalanche-prone terrain.
An Avalung is a device that you wear around your neck. It’s designed to keep you alive if you’re buried in an avalanche.
Here’s how it works:
If you’re buried in an avalanche, the Avalung will bring air directly to your mouth. This will help you to breathe and keep you alive until rescuers can dig you out.
The Avalung also has a tube that sticks out of the snow. This will help rescuers to find you more easily.
The Avalung was invented in the early 1990s by Bruce Edgerly, a professor at Montana State University. It’s now made by Black Diamond, a company that makes outdoor gear.
If you’re skiing or snowboarding in avalanche-prone terrain, wearing an Avalung could save your life.