Man survives avalanche in Colorado

CREATED Dec. 26, 2013

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EAST VAIL, CO -- A close call for a man skiing in Colorado.

He was swept up in an avalanche and buried up to his neck in snow. The avalanche dragged him face first, downhill, and over a 20-foot cliff.

His brother raced down hill as fast as he could, jumping over the same cliff.

He found his brother buried head deep.

"Even though I could breathe, I was still very panicky and freaked out because i just couldn't move,” said the skier, Edwin LaMair.

β€œIt was just like being cemented in place with just your face above."

It only took a few minutes to dig out LaMair. Amazingly, he only suffered minor injuries.