Controlled avalanche north of Lake Tahoe results in door-busting photo |

Controlled avalanche north of Lake Tahoe results in door-busting photo

Associated Press
This Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 photo provided by Steven and Melissa Siig shows where snow has cascaded through a door of their home after one of several avalanches, some triggered by authorities, hit Alpine Meadows, Calif., in the north Lake Tahoe area. Officials said there was no major damage and no one was hurt. Several ski resorts in parts of the Sierra Nevada planned to stay shuttered Wednesday, including Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows, which had no power because of the storm.
Steven and Melissa Siig via AP

A North Lake Tahoe resident’s photo of snow bursting through his front door in storm-socked Northern California has been shared thousands of times on social media.

Alpine Meadows resident Steven Siig said he’s hunkered down with his three children, wife and large German shepherd after a controlled avalanche set off by ski patrol encased his home in snow Tuesday.

The independent cinematographer, producer and theatre owner shared photos on Facebook showing snow bursting through his door and burying his home.

He said he has received plenty of offers to help and places to stay after posting photos of the avalanche aftermath.

Siig said he’s seen a few major avalanches while living in this home— but this one may have been the biggest. Still, he told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday that he felt safe because he was warned it was coming.

California Highway Patrol in Truckee confirms that Alpine Meadows ski patrol has been setting off controlled avalanches.

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