It’s hard to look away when disaster is only seconds from happening. Especially when that disaster is a massive avalanche.

In this week’s video from Pralognan-la-Vanoise, France, a nervous group of people look on as an avalanche barrels down a distant mountainside towards a herd of chamois goats. Watch the fate of the goats, torn between fear and flight. (Don't worry. There’s a happy ending!)

To learn more about avalanches, watch for Heather Lea’s story in Canadian Geographic’s January/February issue, on newsstands in the new year. And check back after Jan. 10 for video showing what it's like to be caught in an avalanche.