Benefit for injured skier
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A benefit for Darren Johnson who was caught in an avalanche while backcountry skiing, is set for Jan. 6.
The Slowrollers Bike Club annual “After-Christmas Christmas Party” will benefit Johnson and will be held from 6-9 p.m. at Mo’s Place, 3600 Lake Tahoe Blvd. There will be a donation at the door, along with raffle and auction items.
Johnson, born in South Lake Tahoe and living in Carson City at the time of the accident, was skiing with a partner near Kirkwood when the avalanche happened.
After the avalanche, Johnson, 47, was flown to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, where he received a metal plate to his head and another under his left eye, according to friend Dana Turvey.
He was in the intensive care unit for 10 days and was hospitalized for another 20 days. He is currently in a rehabilitation unit for another two to three months.
“Despite all that trauma, he has no brain loss, but the left side of his face has extensive nerve damage,” Turvey wrote in an e-mail.
For those who can’t make the event, an account has been set up for Darren at Bank of the West, under the name of Andy Kaufer.