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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.