January 26, 2021
Bear Chases Skier Down Resort Run
This was filmed at a resort in Romania. Is it fake? you may be wondering. “No,” says Snopes, which, surprisingly, investigated the footage. Just after this video ends, the skier ditches their backpack, and the bear abandons the chase, snuffling around the pack instead. Snopes uses the video to remind viewers that despite what we occasionally hear, bears can indeed run downhill. From Snopes:
Myth: Bears can’t run downhill.
If you’re being chased by a bear, don’t run downhill! Bears can run as fast as a horse (35 mph), and they can do it uphill, downhill, and everything in between. A bear can outrun you no matter what, so if you see one in the wild do not try to run away from it. Instead, you should stand tall, wave your arms, and talk loudly but calmly. Back away slowly, but stop moving if the bear follows you.