Kevin MacMillan

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December 24, 2012
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Two hurt in Sunday avalanche at Squaw Valley

OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. - Two people suffered non-life threatening injuries after an avalanche occurred Sunday morning at Squaw Valley ski resort, officials said.

Three snowboarders triggered the in-bounds slide at 9:50 a.m. on a portion of the KT-22 peak, according to a statement from Squaw Valley Public Relations Manager Amelia Richmond.

A ski patroller riding the lift line, along with witnesses, "immediately" reported the slide, Richmond said, and several ski patrollers were on scene within one minute to aid both conscious skiers, neither of whom were buried by the snow.

One skier, a 39-year-old female, was transported and released from the resort's medical clinic, Richmond said, while the second skier, a 16-year-old male, was treated for a shoulder injury, and then transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital for further observation.

No one else was hurt in the incident, Richmond said.

"The resort immediately initiated a full search to confirm there were no additional people involved," said Richmond, adding that more than 100 staff and volunteers took part in the search.

Additionally, seven avalanche rescue dogs from Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows assisted in the search that ended at 11:50 a.m. once everyone on the KT-22 chairlift at the time of the slide was accounted for, she said.

"We would like to thank the Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows ski patrols and dog teams, as well as all of the volunteers for their quick and effective response," Richmond said.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Dec 24, 2012 05:02PM Published Dec 24, 2012 05:01PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.