No deaths reported in Mammoth avalanche

first_imgThe avalanche came on the heels of an April 6 tragedy when three members of Mammoth’s ski patrol were asphyxiated by gas from a volcanic vent on the mountain. The Mammoth Web site reported the resort closed operations for the day at 2:30 p.m. The resort has had more than 52 feet of total snowfall since October.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventClimax is near the top of the 11,053-foot mountain, which has had record snowfall this season. The Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center had posted a warning of “considerable” danger for Monday. The mountain’s ski patrol had triggered controlled slides earlier, and had blasted the Climax area, too, Lynch said. But she did not know if that work had actually caused any snow to slide in the Climax area. The avalanche hit shortly after 2 p.m., said Fire Chief Brent Harper. Three or four minor injuries were initially reported by fire dispatch, but no one was taken to the local hospital, Harper said. Lynch said the ski area had no reports of injuries related to the incident. MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – An avalanche struck a Mammoth Mountain ski run Monday but no one was found in the snow after hours of searching and no one was reported missing, a resort spokeswoman said. Hundreds of searchers worked across the avalanche area using poles to probe the snow every six inches, and with no missing person reports, the situation was to be re-evaluated after a sweep with avalanche dogs, said Joani Lynch, spokeswoman for the popular Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. “We fielded a number of calls from concerned individuals looking for people and it turns out that the individuals who were not accounted for were helping with the search,” Lynch said. Lynch said the slide, while fairly wide, occurred only in the area of a run called Climax. last_img read more