Injured Backcountry Skier Airlifted From Donner Peak, Tahoe

Injured Backcountry Skier Airlifted From Donner Peak, Tahoe


Injured Backcountry Skier Airlifted From Donner Peak, Tahoe


An injured backcountry skier was airlifted off Donner Peak in Tahoe Wednesday after taking a “long fall” down a steep slope. The Sierra Sun reports California Highway Patrol Valley Division Air Operations helicopter responded to the scene.

The crew lowered technicians from the Truckee Tahoe Regional Rescue Team to assess the condition of the woman, who reportedly suffered multiple lower body injuries. She was later transported Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno. The injured skier, whose identity has not been released, was reportedly skiing with a group of people when the accident happened.

The rescue was group effort involving California Highway Patrol Truckee, The Truckee Fire Protection District, The Olympic Valley Fire Department, and the North Tahoe Fire Protection District all responded to the incident:

“The training that we’ve been doing has paid off, and it was a good team effort where we were able to bring in all these different resources to execute the rescue. It was truly a lot of agencies working together as a team.”Valley Division Air Operations Helicopter Pilot, Todd Brethour 

H-20 responded to Donner Peak for a rescue of a backcountry skier with multiple injuries from a long fall. The crew of H-20 hoisted Helicopter Rescue Technicians from the Truckee-Tahoe Regional Rescue Team to assess and package the patient. The patient was eventually hoisted and transported to Reno Renown Regional Medical Center.

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