A cynic once described skiing as having three possibilities—you go left, right, or straight—but clearly wasn’t taking into account nearly running over a snow leopard hunkered in the pow. Australian Owen Lansbury was skiing in Gulmarg, Kashmir, when his group startled the big cat, startling everyone in sight.
“The story is we skied our first powder line and the guide in yellow almost ran over the leopard,” Landsbury wrote on his Facebook page.
“I stopped just as it huddled in the snow, where it stayed for about a minute checking us out. It then let out a solid roar and bounded away down the slope towards Dave, but scooted off into the forest, where we think it probably had a kill stashed. Pretty amazing experience!”