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Ski patroller injured in avalanche

Christina Proctor

An unidentified member of Heavenly Ski Resort’s ski patrol was injured Sunday in an avalanche, according to the resort’s managing director.

Dennis Harmon would not disclose the man’s identity or the extent of his injuries Monday but said the patrol member was being treated at Barton Memorial Hospital.

The ski patrol was surveying slopes for avalanche potential early Sunday morning. The patrol had advised the resort to close the particular slope, which is on the California side of the resort. The patrol returned to the slope to perform additional avalanche-control work.

The member of the patrol was swept as much as 800 feet down the slope by an avalanche release. He was not completely buried but hit a tree, Harmon said.

“We’re obviously concerned from this and for him, and we wish him a speedy recovery,” Harmon said. “We’re obviously going to continue to be very careful in these types of conditions. We’ve talked to some of the other resorts and they all experienced similar conditions.”

Tania Magidson, spokeswoman for Kirkwood Ski Resort, said ski patrols at the Alpine County resort have been performing avalanche-control measures for the past three days. Some ski patrollers at Kirkwood “rode” in slides over the weekend, but no one was injured.

Harmon said he would not release the name of the injured ski patrol member. The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was not called in to respond to the accident.

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