Today was a very tragic day in Lake Tahoe. Today a ski patroller died in a horribly shocking fatality at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, during morning operations. We were at Alpine Meadows, having just taken our first run on Scott Chair when we heard the news. It was an absolutely gorgeous morning, white all around, sparkles of snow alight in the sky, the sun beaming.
A heavy weight settled over me, and everyone around. A palpable feeling of tragedy. It was difficult to truly enjoy oneself with the understanding that the skiing we were trying to enjoy came at such a high and tragic price. How could we ski, hoot and holler when right next door our friends, our Tahoe family at Squaw Valley Ski Patrol had suffered such a blow? Just a mile away on the same mountain ridges this scene was unfolding. I tried to think positive thoughts, send prayers, breath the fresh mountain air and behold the light of life all around, but couldn’t shake off the fear and tragedy.
While I didn’t know Joe Zuiches, I do know plenty of Patrollers, and send my healing thoughts to all of those affected.
Tahoe is home to such an amazing community of strong individuals, and I am thankful we are able to stand together and support one another.
To read more about what happened please visit Squaw’s Press Release.