The alarm was set for 6 a.m.
It had been dumping for 24 hours, but the storm was set to clear out just in time for first light. Photographer Txema Trull and freeskier Jordi Tenas had spent four days skiing and camping under the iconic Cerro Torrecillas near Las Leñas, Argentina, and tomorrow was the day. After a dry winter in the Southern Hemisphere, the Spanish duo was buzzing. They forced themselves into sleeping bags and tried to nod off ahead of the morning wakeup call.
But that alarm would never come.
At about 3 a.m., Trull and Tenas awoke to a freight-train roar. A sudden impact of hardened snow crashed against their tent, and the floor gave way. Suddenly the pair was suspended in air, frantically swimming toward what felt like the top of their tent, and a chance at survival…