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Andrew Entin: Community mourns death of Squaw Valley ski patroller

Nick Cruit and Ryan SlabaughSierra Sun

SQUAW VALLEY USA The Squaw Valley community is mourning the death of Andrew Entin, a 16-year veteran ski patroller who died Tuesday at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno after falling in an avalanche at Squaw Valley USA.His family took time Thursday to reflect on Entins life: Andrew did everything with passion and zest for life and especially outdoors. His passion for skiing and fishing came through in everything he did. Andrew had a strong connection to his family and loved his life to the fullest. Andrew is remembered as a humble, quiet guy with a great sense of humor.Entin, 41, was caught in the avalanche earlier Tuesday morning while performing routine snow safety on Headwall before the mountain opened to the public, a route he had been working for nine years, according to a report released by Squaw.Entin sustained multiple fractures and trauma in the avalanche and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital, then to Renown where he passed away at 1:29 p.m. Tuesday afternoon. Despite poor visibility on the mountain, another ski patrol member was able to see Entin was caught in the slide and began digging him out while the fire department responded to the scene shortly after 8 a.m., said Squaw Valley Fire Department Chief Pete Bansen.The Squaw Valley Family unites in wishing Andrew Entins wife and family our deepest sympathy, Said Nancy Cushing, the resorts chief executive officer. Our hearts go out to them at this difficult time. We will not forget Andrew, his camaraderie and his courage.Family and friends gathered this week to remember Entin, an avid fisherman and dedicated ski patroller.The avalanche control ski patrol does is very difficult and demands a lot of skill, judgment and experience, said Chief Bansen, who worked at Squaw in various positions from 1973 to 1993. And its got to get done, they have no choice but to go out and do it again the next day.An avalanche advisory issued by the U.S. Forest Service in Truckee remained in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday, with high avalanche danger existing near and above treelines. Large natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely.