Mark Zilvitis and his father Brian were skiing down a double black diamond slope at The Canyons Ski Resort in Park City, Utah when an avalanche hit them. Both father and son got buried in the deep snow. While Brian was able to pull himself out, there was no sign of Mark.
Brian called for help and within minutes, the Ski Patrol and some volunteers started to scour the region frantically. After about 30 minutes 16-year old Emily Loughlin's pole touched something. The Ski Patrol was alerted, and they were able to dig Mark out.
All Mark remembers is his father screaming 'Avalanche! and then disappearing under a ton of snow. He remembers being under the snow for a little while before he lost consciousness. When he was pulled out, he was unconscious and not breathing. The Ski Patrol immediately administered CPR, which helped revive him and he was rushed to the hospital.
This experience hasn't scared Mark away from the slopes. He loves to ski and is ready to go back as soon as the doctor's let him.