High School Snowboarder Says it’s a Miracle He’s Alive
With his little brother buried under an avalanche, a teen cries out to God…with amazing results.
Buried under an avalanche, unsure whether he was under mere inches or deadly tons of quickly hardening snow, 17-year-old snowboarder Matt Walsh tried to dig himself out, wondering whether his 19-year-old brother Michael was still alive.
Scratching away at the snow over him, Matt knew he had about seven minutes to break through to fresh air or else his life would be over. As he scratched away with his gloved fingers, he was flooded with thoughts of his family, his parents – and his brother who was somewhere nearby – Matt knew not where.
“Matt had just jumped onto his snowboard on a slope called Polecat Bench when he heard the pop-pop-pop and saw cracks opening in the snowfield beneath his feet,” reports World News Daily. His brother, Michael, was still putting together his gear, preparing to follow Matt down the slope.
But unexpectedly behind the brothers, tons of snow began collapsing in killer waves rippling down the mountain. It’s every skier’s nightmare. This year, 17 have already died in avalanches.
Racing ahead of the collapse, Matt “flew down the slope on his board, apparently only inches ahead of the massive wave of snow. But at the bottom, he lost the race,” reports WND.
“It hit me with a lot of force,” recounts Matt. “I knew I was getting buried. I just couldn’t believe that could happen where we were. I remember it hitting my back and feeling it going around me and getting deeper and deeper. I had no idea how deep I was, but I figured I was probably too deep to get out with the equipment we had.”
The slide tumbled him head over heels, disorienting him. He ended up in a sitting position under the surface of the snow, which quickly began hardening to ice around him.
“He could move one arm, a little,” reports WND.
"It's not a place where most people go snowboarding," says their dad, Mike Walsh, of Powell, Wyoming. Because he didn't want to be an overbearing parent, and since his sons are "tough Wyoming boys who like to hunt and fish," he backed off from telling them not to go. He wanted them to have a day of adventure, he told the website God Reports.