Tahoe skier, girlfriend die in avalanche
OLYMPIC VALLEY – Squaw Valley skiers and Lake Tahoe locals Kip Garre and his girlfriend, Allison Kreutzen, were killed this week in an avalanche near Lone Pine, Calif., various news outlets reported.
According to reports, the avalanche occurred Tuesday; their bodies were found Thursday in a search-and-rescue mission after friends and family became alarmed they had not heard from the pair, who left three days earlier to ski the Split Couloir in the eastern Sierra.
Powdermag.com first reported the news.
Garre grew up in Hancock, N.H. According to the skiing magazine’s website, Garre, captivated by the freeskiing movement of the early ’90s, moved to Squaw Valley and was an early supporter in the park scene before shifting his focus to ski mountaineering and backcountry adventures. He made descents down some of the world’s most elusive mountains, including in Kashmir, Pakistan, China, the Tetons, the Alps, Alaska, Antarctica and the Sierra Nevada.
Garre was with freeskier and Tahoe local Arne Backstrom in Peru in June 2010 when Backstrom was killed on Pisco Mountain.