This must have been terrifying. Lots of snow, a steep mountain slope behind a residential housing area, and possibly some snowboarders going where they weren’t supposed to go all contributed to this avalanche in Missoula, MT.
As detailed in this item at the Missoulan, two adults and one child were pulled from the wreckage caused by the Mount Jumbo avalanche at about 4PM local time on Friday. Both of the adults were buried for over an hour, surviving only because they were lucky enough to end up in a large enough air pocket that prevented them from suffocating. About the only bad news was that the couple had just remodeled their home.