Escape a Tree Well
Skiers and snowshoers who fall in often end up head first and can suffocate within 15 minutes.
1) When sliding into the well, grab the tree’s branches or trunk to remain upright. 2) Too late? Move your head slowly from side to side to look for air pockets. Avoid sloughing in more snow. 3) Shout for help. If you’re alone, your chances are slim. Try to pop out of your skis or snowshoes and slowly and methodically feel for a branch or trunk. Grab on, try to shuffle your feet sideways, and haul yourself upright.