Introduction: Avalanches: Fierce Earth (Series 2) (01:31)
This brief overview of avalanches orients viewers with excerpts from the upcoming program.
Avalanche 101 (02:25)
How snow falls, how snow collects, the weather and snowflake structure are all variable components of snow stability on the mountain.
Avalanche Indicators (02:39)
Prediction of avalanches is not possible, but scientists can identify circumstances that might increase the odds. The Fierce Earth team demonstrates some of these indicators.
Avalanche Survivor (03:47)
Charles, a professional skier, recalls his close call with an avalanche. Video footage from his helmet camera shows the very real danger he was in when an avalanche caught him by surprise.
Avalanche Airbags (01:50)
Learn how the granular convection phenomenon can save the life of a person caught in an avalanche. The airbags have already been used by hundreds of winter sports enthusiasts.
Ski Slope Preparation (02:32)
Ride along on a piste-basher, the powerful machine that prepares the ski slopes for skiers. The machinery also cleans up the slopes after an avalanche.
Ski Safety (04:24)
Follow along with the ski patrol as they set the warning levels for avalanche risk. Learn about the technology that helps locate a person buried underneath the snow.
Avalanche Survival (04:01)
Review the Fierce Earth Team's avalanche survival tips. Leo demonstrates why it is impossible to outrun an avalanche.
Controlled Avalanches (04:13)
Follow along with the snow patrol team as they identify areas that could become dangerous and set off a controlled avalanche to prevent a dangerous one.
Credits: Avalanches: Fierce Earth (Series 2) (00:56)
Credits: Avalanches: Fierce Earth (Series 2)
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