Ski patroller dies in avalanche
March 4, 2009
SQUAW VALLEY ” A member of the ski patrol at Squaw Valley USA was killed in an avalanche Tuesday as a severe winter storm dumped several feet of snow on the region.
Andrew Entin, 41, a longtime member of the Squaw ski patrol, was working on avalanche controls about 8 a.m. when he was caught in a slide and partially buried, Squaw Valley Fire Department spokesman Pete Bansen said.
Another member of the ski patrol dug him out while emergency crews responded to the scene, but he later died at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Bansen said.
Squaw Valley USA said in a statement that Entin suffered multiple fractures and trauma. The cause of death was under investigation. Entin’s hometown was not immediately known.
Nancy Cushing, the resort’s chief executive officer, said Entin was an outstanding member of the ski patrol who positively affected countless people’s lives through his 16 years on the job.
“The Squaw Valley family unites in wishing Andrew Entin’s wife and family our deepest sympathy. Our hearts go out to them at this difficult time. We will not forget Andrew, his camaraderie and his courage,” she said.