Sunday, January 27, 2008

Skier Killed in Wrightwood Avalanche (KNBC-TV Sat. Jan. 26, 2008)

BS Ranch Perspective

My friend and I were just in Wrightwood to have a bite to eat and enjoy some of the snow, when we saw the Ambulance heading for the lift to attempt to save a life after the avalanche had occurred. You know that it is terrible that somebody had lost their life that day, and to be in a close proximity to it is weird. But for them to be killed, everybody always says this tried and true saying. Mostly I guess it is to help the survivor to get through the grief of the loss, but the Saying goes like this here.

He was skiing when the Mountain of snow dropped down and robbed him of his life, but at least he was doing something that he loved to do!! He loved to ski!!

It was a Tragedy that he died, and My prayers are going out to his family, but whether he was doing something he loved or not, doesn't help the fact that he was killed, on a Ski Resort that should have effected a proper Avalanche protection for their Skiers. There may be a Wrongful death Law Suit to take effect for the possible wrongful death of the skier, since the ski area didn't blast the ski runs down to make sure that there was not an Avalanche danger.

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Skier Killed In Wrightwood Avalanche

updated 12:13 a.m. PT, Sat., Jan. 26, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Mountain avalanches in Wrightwood killed an off-duty ski patrol worker, left another person in critical condition and left two more people missing Friday as California strained under nearly a week of snow and rain. Video | Images | Map

The skier was pulled from the snow in Wrightwood, a town in the San Gabriel Mountains, Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy C. Osterthaler said.

The 23-year-old was identified as an employee of the Mountain High ski area. He was taken to a hospital, where he died at about 4:30 p.m., said hospital spokeswoman Jana Retes.

San Bernardino County fire officials said the man was skiing with two friends. The friends have not been located, according to authorities.

Another unidentified man was recovered by police, who said the man was undergoing care from paramedics Friday night.

Teams from Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties are assisting in the search.

A spokesman for Mountain High Resort said at least four avalanches were reported in the last 10 hours. John McColly, director of communications for the resort, said two avalanches were reported on a mountain road and two more were reported in a canyon area.

McColly said the resort received about 4 feet of snow during the recent storms. The avalanches occurred after an overnight storm that dumped new snow.

"I'm sure that the avalanches are due to the amount of snow that has fallen over the past several days," said Tim Wessel, division chief for the San Bernardino County Fire Department.

The U.S. Forest Service said an avalanche warning is in effect for Mountain High and Mount Baldy.

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