Or this guy?
^^^That guy's buddy/partner with the camera gets a total fail.
More likely the soft, loose snow would fall down around you as you moved and you would end up being trapped and suffocating.
but that would be pretty much like any forward fall in bottomless snow, wouldn't it. awful, but not quite as entrapping? don't want to put false assurances out there, but heavier snow is really a bitch to thrash around in, isn't it? aaack!
That HAD to be planned. The guy with the camera was able to capture the cougar stalking the skier and "hiding" in the tree well. Trained cougar???? Want one.
I'm on an iPad, and can't see the video, can someone post the link?
My father found himself in a similar situation years ago. I was lead skier in some big trees at the top of Heavenly. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that he had flipped into a tree well.
Very big trees mind you, so he ended up, straight upside down with his skis stuck firmly in the branches. His head wasn't planted in the snow, but was extended strsight down.
He couldn't get unstuck by shaking/wiggling and it was too hard to pull his weight up to reach and release his bindings. After 10 minutes of hiking up the hill I found him.
At that point he had managed to get one foot free and miraculously reached the other binding and got it released.
WOW! Look out for those tree well !