TODAY | December 29, 2013
>> weather across the country. now here is a peek out your window.
>>> dylan, thanks very much. people across the country are enjoying some of the weather, hitting the slopes, getting in skiing during this holiday week, but there is a danger out there as recent snowstorms created a ripe environment for avalanches that in the past few days have turned deadly. here is nbc's joe fryer.
>> reporter: it's the danger that comes not when the snow falls, but when the snow slides. in recent days the avalanche danger has been high across much of the western united states , after new snow stacked atop old snow. that's a perfect recipe for human triggered avalanches in the back country.
>> reporter: two were killed on friday including 29-year-old mika san gentlemen skiing out of bounds near jackson hole , wyoming. in colorado a skier was rescued after everything but his pole was buried. in utah three skiers were freed when they were swept up by a rare slide inside the boundaries of a ski resort . then there was this. edwin lemaire triggered a colorado after land v that carried him 800 feet before burying his body.
>> my chest was skom pressed by all the snow compacting around me. i was struggling to breathe a little bit and got panic and screamed out for help.
>> his brother dug him out.
>> you must feel very grateful?
>> i'm extremely thankful that everything turned out the way it did and i didn't sustain any worse injuries or die.
>> reporter: he was carrying lifesaving equipment, a shovel, beacon and a probe all recommended by experts so others can find someone buried in the snow.
>> avalanche debris kets up like concrete in just a second or two. out can't dig yourself out.
>> reporter: but if you're found, hopefully someone else can. for "today," joe fryer, nbc news, los angeles .