Avalanche Reported at Squaw Valley, One Person Seriously Injured

OLYMPIC VALLEY — Placer County sheriff’s deputies say an avalanche occurred Friday afternoon at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.

Guests initially reported seeing the avalanche near the Olympic Lady chairlift around 1:40 p.m., according to Squaw Valley Public Relations Director Liesl Hepburn.

Three men and two women were caught in the avalanche and later rescued, according to Hepburn. One person sustained a “serious lower body injury” and was hospitalized. Another person was assessed by medical personnel and later released.

Marjan Breault posted a video she shot as a group of people ran to rescue a snowboarder trapped beneath the snow. A woman yells to the rescuers that the snowboarder is her husband then the group can be heard telling the man to breathe as they dig him out.

All skiing and riding operations at Squaw Valley Ski Resort were put on hold earlier in the day after a snowboarder, missing since the previous afternoon, was found dead. The resort closed for the day after the avalanche.

Squaw Valley is investigating what triggered the avalanche.