An in-bounds avalanche occurred at Kirkwood ski resort in South Lake Tahoe, California today, March 18th, 2012. IN-BOUNDS AVALANCHE DETAILS: - Avalanche occurred in Sentinel Bowl at 2:14pm - One skier was trapped by the avalanche - A friend of the trapped skier was able to escape the avalanche at contact ski patrol and report his trapped friend - “Dalzell [Kirkwood spokesman Michael Dalzell] said Chair 6 was closed as soon as the avalanche was reported. Crews worked in the area to test the snow stability, with the all clear coming at 4:33pm.” - laketahoenews.net

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In-Bounds Avalanche @ Kirkwood Ski Resort Sends Skier to Hospital

Kirkwood, CA. photo: actionimagery.com

An in-bounds avalanche occurred at Kirkwood ski resort in South Lake Tahoe, California today, March 18th, 2012.  

IN-BOUNDS AVALANCHE DETAILS:

- Avalanche occurred in Sentinel Bowl at 2:14pm

- One skier was trapped by the avalanche

- A friend of the trapped skier was able to escape the avalanche at contact ski patrol and report his trapped friend

- “Dalzell [Kirkwood spokesman Michael Dalzell] said Chair 6 was closed as soon as the avalanche was reported. Crews worked in the area to test the snow stability, with the all clear coming at 4:33pm.” – laketahoenews.net

- The injured skier was transported to Barton Memorial Hosptial

- More details about the extent of skier’s injuries will be reported on by the Alpine Country Sheriff’s Dept. tomorrow.

- Avalanche danger in the Kirkwood area was rated as Moderate today

Kirkwood avalanche on 99 steps triggered by ski patrol avalanche control bomb from 2006 when Kirkwood got 838” of snow

KIRKWOOD SNOWFALL THIS WEEK:

- 68 inch storm total

- 52-60 inches of new snow in the past 48 hours

- 12-16 inches of new snow in the past 24 hours

 

104 comments
  • Annie

    You all need to back off. Mother nature can be fickle. Those patrollers will save your life one day and don’t forget the dogs. Patrollers put many hours and dollars in training thoses pups. As for the patrollers themselves they put their lives on the line everyday. So let it go. Shit happens.

  • John W

    Thanks KirkwoodSkier for finding, and timely reporting the avi victim.
    & correcting sketchy reports.

    I skied Kirkwood 3/20 in a spitting rain/snow & fog situation. Had heard
    3rd hand rumors of the Sentinel Bowl Avalanche till now.

    I flew home from SFO 3/21 to BWI after a month of Tahoe skiing. First
    & last days (not the best) were at Kirkwood. Got to ski with Epicski.com
    guys & Hairfarmr. I think I skied 21 of 27 days!

  • Hometown Friend

    Bruce was back in North Carolina this past week. He is doing much better, but still has a long way to go. He fractured every bone in his face. His jaw took a lot of the trauma. He was placed on a ventilator to support his airway. He had a partially collapsed lung, broken rib, and torn ACL in the right knee. He is amazed and thankful to be alive.

    In typical Bruce style, he is ready to begin the long road to recovery so he can be back out next season shredding the gnar.

  • uncle freddie

    KM–
    Seriously: god bless and take care. I’ve never been in your shoes and hope I never am–but I really 100% believe no one on your team did anything but what they thought was the best.

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