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April 8, 2006 | Steve Hymon and Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writers
The ski patrol had been at work since first light, inspecting Mammoth Mountain's reopened runs after a week of heavy snow and blustery winds. By midmorning Thursday, seven of them had set to work digging out a nearly buried fence erected to keep skiers away from one of the mountain's dangerous volcanic vents. Suddenly, the snow beneath them gave way. Two of the ski patrollers dropped into a 21-foot maw filled with deadly carbon dioxide fumes and landed on the ground, trapped in a deep hollow.
March 7, 2014 | By Brian E. Clark
DEER VALLEY, Utah - Carving turns through light, puffy powder at just one of the resorts in Utah's Wasatch Range is plenty to write home about for most skiers. But to ski six of the state's premier areas in one day - linked by way of the backcountry - is a true coup, especially when the sky is a cloudless deep blue and untouched snow lines the bowls. You don't have to be an experienced mountaineer to pull this off. Schussers can navigate the route on a guided tour on the Interconnect, which starts at Deer Valley and weaves through Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton and Alta - with dips out of bounds - before finishing at Snowbird.
March 2, 1999
As a follow-up to Skip Pedigo's Feb. 14 letter, I would like to inform your readers that a small group of senior skiers like myself have been trying for over two years to convince the management of Mammoth Mountain Ski Area to create a speed-control patrol of the kind he suggests. Finally, this season a speed-control program was started at Mammoth Mountain, but it is limited to holidays and weekends and lasts only a couple of hours a day. That is probably why Pedigo has never seen them.
February 7, 2014 | By Anthony Clark Carpio
A teen who recently moved from Orange County died Tuesday after a snowboarding accident at a Lake Tahoe ski resort. Wyatt James Colvard, 18, who lived in Tahoe-area Kings Beach and recently moved from Fountain Valley, died of internal injuries from blunt-force trauma, according to the Douglas County sheriff's office in Nevada. Colvard was an employee of Northstar California, a sister ski resort of Heavenly Ski Resort, where he died, Northstar spokeswoman Rachael Woods told the Huntington Beach Independent . Sheriffs responded to a call of an injured skier or snowboarder at Heavenly at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday.
January 13, 1990 | STACY JANEL SMITH
In her native Poland, Tess Foltyn "dreamed in brown and gray." "You do, because it's such a low-key and very sad life over there," said the model-cum-actress who prefers using just her first name and makes her movie debut in the new dopes-on-the-slopes comedy "Ski Patrol." "I am not a big potato. I'm a small potato yet," she says, "but I'm living in the ultimate country in the world, and I am happy." Born in Oswiecim (Auschwitz), she grew up in a well-to-do household.
April 14, 2006 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A memorial service will be held today for three members of the Mammoth Mountain ski patrol who were killed in an accident last week. The Mono County coroner has concluded that Charles Walter Rosenthal, 58; John "Scott" McAndrews, 37; and James Juarez, 35, died April 6 of suffocation and asphyxiation by volcanic gases. McAndrews and Juarez were trying to move a fence around a volcanic vent on the Christmas Bowl slope when the deep snow, warmed by the hot gas, collapsed and they fell in.
January 15, 1990 | KEVIN THOMAS
"Ski Patrol" (citywide) is a kind of "Police Academy" set down in a ski resort, which is not as unlikely as it sounds since it has the same producing team as the long-running series. It's a swift, shrewdly devised youth comedy, a reliable blend of dazzling stunts on the slopes, including mind-boggling somersaults on skis and cornball humor. Clearly, debuting director Richard Correll and debuting writers Steven Long Mitchell, Craig W. Van Sickle and Wink Roberts know what's expected of them.
"Don't break a leg," my non-skiing friends would say as I headed off on a ski trip. "That's just a myth," I would respond, thinking they had been overly influenced by those New Yorker cartoons showing a skier with his leg in a cast sitting by the lodge fireplace with a glass of cognac in hand. Then I joined the Ski Patrol and learned that people do injure their legs while skiing--and their arms, their heads and especially their knees and thumbs. Some even die. Jasper E.
April 2, 1985 | Associated Press
Avalanches on two mountains in the Bavarian Alps killed three ski patrol members, police said Monday. A group of Austrian ski patrol members on a recreational outing on Watzmann Mountain in West Germany's southeastern corner touched off a snowslide 100 yards wide on Saturday, Bavarian state authorities said Sunday. Two died after being taken to a hospital.
November 17, 1998
Starting this season, National Ski Patrol volunteers will traverse wooded areas surrounding three local ski resorts, keeping a watch for lost skiers and snowboarders, said National Forest Service Ranger Terry Ellis. Sixteen ski patrol volunteers will serve Mt. Waterman, Snow Crest and Buckhorn ski resorts, he said, and will be easily identified by black jackets with a white cross on the back.
December 29, 2012 | Hector Becerra
A Lake Tahoe-area resort ski patrol member for nearly 30 years, Bill Foster would have understood the dangers of avalanches better than most. But even knowing the exact date and time of a planned avalanche didn't save the 53-year-old's life. Moments after another member of the ski team set off an avalanche with explosives late Monday morning as part of an effort to reduce the risk of an unpredictable avalanche, Foster was buried in Alpine Meadows. He had taken cover in an area that history had suggested would be safe from the rolling snow.
March 4, 2009 | Associated Press
A member of the ski patrol was killed in an avalanche at Squaw Valley USA on Tuesday as a severe winter storm dumped several feet of snow on the region and forced the closure of a nearly 100-mile stretch of Interstate 80 west of Reno for several hours. Andrew Entin, 41, a longtime member of the 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.
December 26, 2008 | Associated Press
A 21-year-old skier was killed during an avalanche at the Squaw Valley ski resort on Christmas Day, authorities said. Tahoe City resident Randall Davis had been skiing in heavily wooded expert terrain Thursday morning when he and a partner became separated. Davis' companion summoned the Lake Tahoe resort's ski patrol, which found a ski protruding from a fresh avalanche field. Search dogs and electronic tracking devices led the rescue team to Davis, who was found dead under several feet of snow.
February 17, 2008 | Deborah Schoch, Times Staff Writer
The Mt. Waterman Ski Patrol never really went away. Although the lifts stopped running five years ago, its members stayed in touch and trained together. With the passion that unites this mountain's skiers, they kept updating their website with new photos, ready to post the news that it was reopening to skiing. Grand plans came and went. Thirty miles above La Canada Flintridge in the Angeles National Forest, the chairlifts remained frozen in place.
January 8, 2007 | George Skelton
Two weeks have passed and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger still has not said anything publicly about his strangely secretive ski accident. Not an "ouch." Only canned comments in a press release, like: "Today I woke up feeling great and I am back to work." Not even a self-deprecating joke in his inaugural address Friday. Let others analyze that fine, uplifting speech, which can be capsulized in one sentence: He declared war on conservative ideologues and upstart Republican legislators.
October 7, 2006 | Hector Becerra, Times Staff Writer
The deaths of three ski patrol members at Mammoth Mountain earlier this year might have been prevented had resort officials properly trained employees, posted more warning signs and written procedures for how to deal with toxic volcanic vents, state regulators said Friday.
April 7, 2006 | Amanda Covarrubias and Doug Smith, Times Staff Writers
Three ski patrol members were killed Thursday at Mammoth Mountain ski area when they fell into a geothermal vent that they were working to fence off. Seven other ski patrollers were injured in the incident. The deaths bring the total this year to eight at the popular Eastern Sierra ski resort, which broke its all-time snowfall record Tuesday. This winter season has been a deadly one for California, with at least 13 skiers dying.
April 15, 2006 | Jia-Rui Chong, Times Staff Writer
Surrounded by images of three men skiing down pristine mountain snow and the strains of the Jeff Buckley song "Last Goodbye," family and friends on Friday celebrated the lives of the three ski patrollers who died last week when snow collapsed around a volcanic vent at Mammoth Mountain. A standing-room-only gathering of hundreds filled dim conference rooms, illuminated by soft red and orange lights on the third floor of the main lodge.
May 31, 2006 | Scott Gold, Times Staff Writer
Only now, with skiers in T-shirts and 70-degree afternoons eating into the mantle of snow that has hugged the serrated peaks for seven solid months, is the mountain catching its breath. Last fall, shortly before ski season began, a Connecticut-based investment firm bought a controlling interest in Mammoth Mountain.
April 18, 2006 | Amanda Covarrubias, Times Staff Writer
An avalanche hit the Mammoth Mountain ski resort Monday, but no skiers were reported missing or found trapped in the snow, officials said. The Mammoth Mountain ski patrol, along with more than 300 volunteers, searched the slide area for possible victims and planned to conduct another sweep with avalanche dogs Monday evening, said Joani Lynch, a spokeswoman for the resort. The avalanche occurred about 2 p.m.
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