Avalanche survivor Elyse Saugstad: Airbag saved my life
20 February 2012 Last updated at 19:13 GMT
Three expert skiers have died in an avalanche near a ski resort in the US state of Washington.
Elyse Saugstad, a professional skier, was carried along with the avalanche but survived.
She credited her survival to a backpack airbag system that she triggered as the avalanche hit.
She spoke to ABC News about her ordeal.