“We had assessed the area to be safe to open to the public and unfortunately an avalanche did occur after that assessment was made,” Squaw Valley spokeswoman Liesl Hepburn said.Five people, two females and three males, were caught in the avalanche. After digging out survivors and using probes and dogs to search for others, Placer County sheriff’s officials confirmed that everyone on the slope had been rescued.
One guest suffered a serious lower body injury and was transported by North Tahoe Fire Department to Tahoe Forest Hospital. Another guest was rescued by Squaw Valley rescue teams, transported to the Tahoe Truckee Medical Group at the base of Squaw Valley, and then was subsequently released. The three other guests who were caught in the avalanche left the scene unharmed, the resort said in a statement. A full investigation of the incident and its cause will be conducted. California endures a strong winter storm, sending roughly seven feet of snow to the northern California region. The National Weather Service said mountains in Ventura and Los Angeles counties could see up to a foot of new snow at higher elevations.