Snowmobilers outrun avalancheFebruary 25, 1997
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KELLOGG, Idaho (CNN) -- Snowmobilers Neal Houn and Greg Lanja outran a 20-foot wall of snow in full view of a friend's video camera.
Houn, Lanja and another friend were riding the slopes in northern Idaho when the snow gave away above them.
"The only thing I knew to do was move out of the way because it's going to come get me," Houn said.
The three raced the avalanche for about a half a mile and barely cleared the sliding snow safely, while Bob Sharpe kept his video camera running.
"I was terrified," Sharpe said. "I think my heart was pumping twice as fast as theirs was. ... I would have liked to see the look on their faces."
Houn said he learned one lesson from his experience -- know your snow in the backcountry.
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