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Pro Snowboarder Estelle Balet Dead At 21 After Being Caught In Avalanche

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This is so sad… and scary!

Estelle Balet, a world champion snowboarder from Switzerland, died on Tuesday after being caught in an avalanche during a snowboarding film shoot in the Alps.

Related: Doris Roberts Dead At 90

Balet, just 21 years old, was filming a downhill run on Le Portalet, a mountain in Switzerland near the country's southwest border with Italy and France, when she followed another snowboarder through a narrow ravine.

That triggered the avalanche that carried on for nearly three-quarters of a mile down the mountain, catching and trapping the young snowboarder in its wake.

Balet was equipped with all the proper emergency gear: she was wearing a rescue beacon, a helmet, and an airbag — what snowboarders use to create an air pocket should they be trapped in an avalanche — but

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Skiers Survive Scary Avalanche In The Alps

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Wow! This is some INCREDIBLE footage!

Three skiers flew high into the alps with hopes of skiing the untamed slopes one of the biggest mountains had to offer. With a camera crew to film their adventure, they were certainly looking for thrills, but we don't think they wanted to be killed!

As they began their descent, they triggered an avalanche that hurdled tons upon tons of snow toward them at over 150 MPH!

We don't want to imagine how terrifying that is, but fortunately for these guys, the mountains bark was worse than its bite and they all survived.

Fantastic news because otherwise we'd feel pretty terrible watching this clip in awe. Check it out above and prepare to be mesmerized by mother nature!

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Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Happy To Watch Skiing With No Gloves On

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Arnold Schwarzenegger loves to watch skiing — even without any gloves! Look how happy he is! Ha!

The Terminator star joined his bodybuilder-actor friend Ralf Moeller (Gladiator) in Austria last Saturday to watch the annual World Cup alpine ski races, the Hahnenkammrennen.

The event takes place in the Kitzbühel Alps and a winner (referred to as the Hahnenkammsieger) is determined by combining results of the prestigious downhill race, which Arnie and company watched, and the slalom.

Check out more pics of Arnold's visit to his home country below!

[Image via ATP/WENN.]

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