2008 Photo Contest, Sports Action, 1st prize

Ivaylo Velev

Bul X Vision Photography Agency

15 March, 2007

Professional freeride skier Phil Meier (Switzerland) escapes an oncoming avalanche during Freeride Quest, a qualifying event for Xtreme Verbier, the freeriding world championship.

The sport involves off-piste skiing through a variety of terrains, with very few restricting rules. It is not uncommon that a freerider triggers an avalanche. Meier finished the session safely. Of the 19 men competing in the event, five qualified for the world championships.

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Ivaylo Velev

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