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[NBC News] Caught on Camera: Avalanche Drags Skier Face-First Over Cliff

[NBC News] Caught on Camera: Avalanche Drags Skier Face-First Over Cliff

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Caught on Camera: Avalanche Drags Skier Face-First Over Cliff

“It was just like being cemented in place,” he told KUSA.

By?Marcus Harun| ?Friday, Dec 27, 2013 ?| ?Updated 1:22 PM EST

One seasoned skier was no match for an avalanche that overtook him on the slopes in Colorado this weekend, tossing him face-first off a cliff.

Edwin LaMair ? who said he had skied on similar mountains for years and taken avalanche safety courses ? is now recovering from a torn ACL and some other minor injuries.

LaMair triggered the dangerous snow slide while skiing near Vail, Colo. on Sunday. The 800-foot wide avalanche swallowed up the experienced backcountry skier, and he was thrown over a 20-foot cliff.

“It was my first real turn on the slope, and I saw downhill from me to the left that the snow was kind of cracking up and starting to slide,”?LaMair told Denver NBC affiliate KUSA.

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