How A Local News Helicopter Helped 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche Rescue Mission

How A Local News Helicopter Helped 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche Rescue Mission

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How A Local News Helicopter Helped 1982 Alpine Meadows Avalanche Rescue Mission

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“All the skiers loved it and then all of sudden it became too much. And the businesses up there were suffering too because people couldn’t get up there.” –Retired KCRA3 Pilot, -Dann Shively

March 1982 was an absolutely epic month for snow in Tahoe with  15+ feet dropping in just one week near Donner Summit (that was on top of a base that was already 90 inches deep).  By March 30th, snow accumulation was so unmanageable that even the ski resorts had to shutdow operations. The follwoing day, around 4 p.m., a loud boom rang out at the Alpine Meadows ski area and a huge slab of snow went barreling down the harsh terrain. This is the story of how a local news team jump-start rescue efforts:

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