Just posted in the snowboard thread as well but:
Stay safe out there kids, I just got buried up to my neck in an avalanche, massive reality check for me. Really lucky to be uninjured and only lost my poles. Gonna head straight out and buy me an ABS (although I'm not sure what the situation is with buying them now seeing as they all just been recalled...).
Hands down the most pant-wettingly terrifying experience of my life. Was just boot packing up a face (I think I was the third or 4th person to do it since last snow) heard a massive rumble and a crack appeared about 2m above me. Just had time to shout up to my buddy and was swept about 100m down the face. All that was above the snow when it settled was my head and the tips of my skis which were somehow still attached to my backpack.
Absolutely no chance I would have had time to get one of those Avalung jobbies in my mouth, would have had just enough time to grab a ABS lever though I reckon.
Anyway, hope you all have fun filled, safe trips this season. Happy shredding.