Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Video shows rescue of snowboarder buried in Tahoe-area avalanche

Video shows rescue of snowboarder buried in Tahoe-area avalanche

One of those suffered serious injuries and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital.

"It looked like a blazing cloud of snow coming down", she said. "It just happened to literally pass a foot in front of me". The ski patrol says he was buried for six minutes.

Squaw Valley Ski Patrol and Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol immediately responded to the scene and were joined by Placer County Sheriff's Office, North Tahoe Fire, Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, and Homewood Ski Patrol.

Remarkably, the man managed to not only escape injury but was also able to snowboard back to safety.

Guests at the resort had been warned of the potential danger, and explosives and other preventative measures were used on Friday, but the snowfall was heavy, Squaw Valley spokeswoman Liesl Hepburn told the AP.

Less than five hours later at 1:40 p.m., an avalanche at the resort swept away five people near the Olympic Lady chairlift. Unsafe conditions exist in the backcountry, but yesterday an inbounds avalanche was also reported at Squaw Valley in the Olympic Lady area off KT-22. It was the winter's deadliest avalanche so far, the report said. He had gone missing amid a blizzard that dropped almost 3 feet of snow with gusts up to 150 miles per hour. It dumped 3 feet of snow in the mountains.

A blizzard warning expired Friday but whiteout conditions were still possible around Lake Tahoe, where a winter storm warning remained in effect until 10 a.m. Saturday, the National Weather Service said. He was reported missing by friends Thursday night. At this time, there are no confirmed missing people. "We started screaming and shaking him", said Breault. The storm closed highways and schools. The cause of his death hadn't been determined by Friday evening.

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