A few days ago a good friend was buried in an avalanche, doing the same thing we always do. I was on the slope minutes earlier. Its just lucky that someone saw it happen and we found him in time. It scared the hell out of us all. A huge 3 foot slab avalanche started above him and tore him from the sled. He was wearing a beacon, it may have saved his live. After we dug him out, we talked about it for a while and told him he was only buried for around two minutes. Another friend was taping the boys messin around and caught the avalanche (actually someone yelling avalanche!) and the actual rescue, and we were shocked at how long he was actually buried. We could easily have lost him. We all got a little complacent, and someone almost died. Dont forget your beacon, probe, and shovel when riding in the mountains, and make sure everyone has them in working condition, I hope I don`t sound too preachy. We used to always ask if everyone had their av gear, and used to practice finding a beacon often, we will be doing that again, I promise.