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Tahoe Storm: Avalanche Risk for Skiers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, January 18, 2010
Lake Tahoe ski resorts could see up to 10 feet of new snow by week’s end. Steve Kaagan is the assistant manager at Tahoe Dave’s Skis and Boards at Squaw Valley. He says that much snow would create the best ski conditions of the year. But he says it also increases the threat of an avalanche.

“We had a lot of on-mountain slides last year, and a couple people lost their lives, it was pretty sad, I mean that was right in-bounds at Squaw Valley.”
Kaagan says the skiers died last year after a similar storm that dropped about 10 feet of snow. He says avalanche control teams will be out but to be safe ski with a friend. And Kaagan says to bring a tracking device and shovel if you’re going to do any backcountry skiing.
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