Incredible video posted online shows the moment a ‘powder cloud’ released by an avalanche descended upon skiers and snowboarders at a Utah resort.
The footage shared by the Utah Avalanche Center shows skiers at the Sundance Mountain Resort stopping in their tracks on Monday as large clouds of snow start engulfing trees at the base of Mount Timpanogos.
‘What the heck bro, that’s one of the biggest avalanches I’ve ever seen in real life,’ a man could be heard saying as the clouds slowly approach.
A skier next to the videographer can then be seen backing away as the cloud gets closer and closer to where they stood, saying: ‘Dude, I hope nobody’s down on the hill.’
But another man to the right could be seen sitting down and lifting his arms to embrace the coming weather before it completely envelops the camera.
The video has now been viewed more than 3.4million times.
Skiers at the Sundance Mountain Resort stopped in their tracks as an avalanche approached on Monday
The stunned skiers watched as a ‘powder cloud’ engulfed trees at the base of Mount Timpanogos
Videographer Thomas Farley said he was skiing with friends at the time when they witnessed the avalanche approaching them, and he decided to pull out his phone to record the moment.
‘The avalanche did not make it to the resort boundaries, but the massive powder cloud did,’ he told Storyful. ‘It kept us covered in a super thick cloud of snow for one or two minutes.’
The Avalanche Center had earlier warned that an avalanche alert was in effect, noting that the risk of an avalanche was ‘considerable to high’ all along the Wasatch Front.
Avalanches occur when snow collapses down the side of a mountain.
But in this case, the Utah Avalanche Center said the cloud of snow that was caused by the avalanche had come to a halt, while snowflakes in the air continued on.
‘Avalanche debris stopped safely in the Dry Lakes area adjacent to the ski area, but the dust cloud carried for hundreds of yards,’ it explained.
Fortunately, authorities say nobody was injured in the avalanche.
Videographer Thomas Farley said he was skiing with friends at the time when they witnessed the avalanche approaching them
One of his friends backed away as the cloud approached, while another sat down with his arms up, apparently embracing the wild weather
The video comes as Utah broke records for snow fall, with 26.1 inches of snow water equivalent on the ground — the largest since the winter of 1952.
Many northern Utah mountains were hit by a whopping 700 inches of snow this season, while the Great Salt Lake greatly benefitted from the epic snowfall totals, rising two feet since hitting a historic low in November 2022.