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Spectacular Swiss avalanche caught on video

A video of a spectacular avalanche in the Swiss canton of Valais is being used as a safety reminder for skiers in the Alps.

Cars stop to watch the avalanche. Image by Screengrab via YouTube
Cars stop to watch the avalanche. Image by Screengrab via YouTube

The minute-long footage shows a massive slide of snow falling down the mountainside and then appearing to almost fill the skies.

A driver captures video footage of an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. Image by Screengrab via YouTube
A driver captures video footage of an avalanche in the Swiss Alps. Image by Screengrab via YouTube

Filmed through a car window, it shows other vehicles stopping to watch and then rapidly reversing as the snow slide gathers intensity.

Cars begin reversing as the avalanche encroaches. Image by Screengrab via Youtube
Cars begin reversing as the avalanche encroaches. Image by Screengrab via Youtube

Read more and watch the video: thelocal.ch