Drone Captures Massive B.C. Avalanche

Most times we catch a close-up glimpse of an avalanche, the person who captured it does not invoke “pure, dumb luck” as the reason for the footage.

But that’s just what struck in Port Alberni for one Canadian drone pilot, who was packing up for the day when he heard a nearby rumble.

Peeking over his shoulder, he saw the cascade begin. And like any of us would, he wanted a closer look.

Send in the flying robots. Standing anywhere near the river of snow would obviously be a fool’s errand — but for a drone, it’s all in a day’s work.

The area, situated in Vancouver Island’s Strathcona Park, is under an avalanche advisory. “This time of year, that snow is just like flowing, wet cement,” Dwight Yochim, CEO of the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association, told CTV. “It’s bone-breaking, dangerous stuff. If you happen to get buried, you have about 10-15 minutes of survival time.”

Stay safe out there, late spring skiers.

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson takes any writing assignments he can talk his way into while intermittently traveling the American West and Mexico in search of margaritas — er, adventure. He parlayed a decade of roving trade work into a life of fair-weather rock climbing and truck dwelling before (to his parents’ evident relief) finding a way to put his BA in English to use. Sam loves animals, sleeping outdoors, campfire refreshments and a good story.