20090303 Ski Patroller Dies at Squaw Valley

This event first made the local news last night.  The KCRA and AP release was sent to me via avalanche.orgMy condolences to Entin's family, friends, and the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol.  We've had 5 feet of snow fall at the cabin in Homewood in the past few days - well above any forecast model.  Alpine Meadows decided not to open for operations yesterday due to Alpine's Ski Patrol assessment of avalanche hazard while trying to do control work.  Please be safe out there. - Chris
Date: 2009-03-03
Submitted By: WWAN
Place: Squaw Valley
State: CA
Country: USA
Fatalities: 1
Summary: 1 skier caught, died from injuries


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Squaw Valley Ski Patroller Dies After Avalanche
By: KCRA.com and The Associated Press
Date: March 3, 2009

RENO, Nev. -- A member of Squaw Valley USA's ski patrol died at a hospital Tuesday after he was caught in an avalanche, the Squaw Valley Fire Department said.

Andrew Entin, 41, was doing avalanche control work on a headwall with a partner when he was caught by the avalanche and partially buried, representative Pete Bansen said.

Entin's partner dug him out and emergency workers responded, Bansen said.

He sustained multiple fractures and trauma as a result of the avalanche, Squaw Valley officials said.

The ski patroller was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee and then to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, where he died.

Bansen said Entin was a longtime member of the Squaw Valley ski patrol.

"The Squaw Valley Family unites in wishing Andrew Entin's wife and family our deepest sympathy. Our hearts go out to them at this difficult time. We will not forget Andrew, his camaraderie and his courage," Squaw Valley USA chairman and CEO Nancy Cushing said.

Entin had been working the same route for nine years, Squaw Valley officials said.

More than 4 feet of snow have fallen at upper elevations of the region over the last 24 hours.