Monday, March 19, 2012

Skier dies at Sierra-at-Tahoe Ski Resort

There was another unfortunate death at a Lake Tahoe ski resort.  This death occurred on March 18, 2012 at Sierra at Tahoe in an experts-only area.  Yiwei Hu, age 54, from Gold River was found by guest skiers in the trees off Castle run.  The ski patrol was called to pull Hu out of a deep hole created by running water.  Hu was unconscious and could not be revived.

For many ski resorts, this was the first weekend to open some of their expert-only glade skiing areas.  Recent storms have dumped more than 4 feet of snow in the past few days.  More riders/skiers than ever have been waiting for these conditions.
The riding/skiing is the best it’s been this year. Be careful out there.  The following are some deep snow safety tips:
1.    Ride with a partner and keep each other visible. 
2.    Ride with a partner and keep each other visible.  A probe, shovel, and transceiver aren’t bad ideas either.
An avalanche occurred within Kirkwood’s boundries on Sunday, March 18, 2012.  No word on injuries.  If you are skiing in the backcountry, be sure to check with the Sierra Avalanche Center for an avalanche report.  On March 19, 2012, the avalanche danger was moderate.

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