If you get caught in an avalanche, don't panic
but try do do the following: -
Call out so that other members
of your party can observe your position in case you get buried.
Discard ski sticks, skis and rucksack.
Fall on your back, head uphill.
Attempt to stay on the surface by making a swimming motion with your arms.
Attempt to work to one side of the moving snow. In a large or fast moving
avalanche such efforts will probably not be of much avail, but they should
save your life in a smaller one.
If you find these attempts are not
helping, cover your face with your hands. This will help keep snow out of your
nose and mouth, and you will have a chance to clear a breathing space if you are
buried. Avalanche snow often becomes very hard as soon as it stops moving. You
should be aware of the risk of your arms getting pinned wherever they are when
the snow comes to rest.
In soft snow you may be able to dig
yourself out, or at least make room to breathe. If you try to dig out, make sure
you dig up towards the surface. Persons buried in an avalanche can sometimes
lose their sense of direction and might mistakenly dig down.
If you hear rescuers working above you, do
not waste your strength by shouting. Though sound is transmitted into the snow
rather easily, it is transmitted out very poorly.