Squaw Valley has released a statement saying that the victim of the fatal incident this morning was ski patroller Joe Zuiches, a 42 year-old resident of Olympic Valley.
The Sierra Sun is reporting that, “Multiple sources familiar with the resort have confirmed to the Sierra Sun that the incident involved the use of explosives.”
Official Press Release:
(Squaw Valley, Calif.) January 24, 2017 – UPDATE 11:00 AM – Joe Zuiches, a 42 year-old resident of Olympic Valley and a member of the Squaw Valley professional ski patrol since 2012, was killed in a fatal incident at 8:35 AM this morning during avalanche control activities. The incident, which occurred at the top of Gold Coast Ridge at Squaw Valley, does not appear to be avalanche related. North Tahoe Fire Department and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office are on scene, and an investigation is underway. Updates will be posted here as they become available.
The team at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows is deeply saddened by this tragic event, and we extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends affected.
A press conference has been scheduled for 2:00pm today at the Alpenglow Conference Room in The Village at Squaw Valley.