On March 31, 1982, a large avalanche hit Alpine Meadows, burying the main lodge and parking lot in 20 feet of snow and killing 7 people. Forty years after the avalanche, a documentary is telling the story of survival and tragedy on Alpine Meadows, and it’s now available to stream on Netflix.
Buried, created by filmmakers Jared Drake & Steven Siig, tells the harrowing story of the avalanche, including exclusive interviews with people who experienced the event. The film has been featured at select theaters and showings, including at Alpine Meadows on the 40th anniversary of the event.
The film has already received plenty of accolades, winning the audience choice award at Telluride’s Mountainfilm, the jury award at the Austin Film Festival and best documentary at the Bend Film Festival. It has also been selected to play at film festivals in Banff, Whistler, Boulder, Lake Placid and Newport Beach.
I’ve been lucky enough to see the film three times, and let me tell you, it’s one heck of a ride. Even if you know the story in detail (like I did), the film brought out emotions I wasn’t expecting. Trust me, whether you’re a skier or not, you’ll be on the edge of your seat during this gripping documentary.
Earlier this year, I welcomed Drake and Siig on the Talking NorCal Podcast to discuss the film. Here is our interview: