The Tahoe community, along with the worldwide ski community, is still mourning from the tragic avalanche at Palisades Tahoe on Wednesday that claimed the life of 66-year-old skier Kenneth Kidd. Now, we have video that shows the dramatic event happen from the chairlift.
The incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. near the G.S. Gully area of the KT-22 peak, prompting swift action by patrol and mountain operations teams. The resort subsequently closed all lifts on both the Palisades and Alpine Meadows sides for the remainder of the day.
A video obtained by ABC 7 Bay Area shows the moment the avalanche fell from the perspective of the skiers on the chairlift above. You can hear people scream “avalanche!” as skiers get taken by the sliding snow below:
@abc7newsbayarea Dramatic video taken from a chairlift shows the moment an avalanche at @Palisades Tahoe swept up a skier. The survivor of the deadly snowslide can be seen on the ground, being pushed toward some trees by the snow. #palisadestahoe #palisades #tahoe #avalanche #skier #skiing #ski #skiresort #resort #survivor #snowslide #snow #weather #wx #news #fyp #foryoupage #abc7news ? original sound – ABC7 News
Two other individuals caught in the avalanche were rescued by fellow guests. One was assisted by her partner, and the other received help from other resort visitors. All three, including the buried skier, were transported to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries and later released.
Then on Thursday, another avalanche fell on the Alpine side of the mountain. Luckily, no one was caught in that slide.
Be careful in the mountains. The snowpack remains unstable throughout the state.