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Deadly 1982 Alpine Meadows avalanche featured in "A Wall of White"

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The Lake Tahoe Community College Writer’s Series will present “A Wall of White” author Jennifer Woodlief at 7 p.m. Friday in the college library. The event is free and open to the community.

The book is the account of the deadly 1982 avalanche at Alpine Meadows ski resort. Woodlief is a former reporter for Sports Illustrated. Her first book was “Ski to Die: The Bill Johnson Story.”

On the morning of March 31, 1982, the snow had already been falling at a record rate for four days at Alpine Meadows. Woodlief tells the story of the massive slab avalanche that killed seven and left one victim buried alive under the snow. In this freak event, millions of tons of snow roared into the ski area and beyond, engulfing unsuspecting vacationers as well as resort employees working in spite of the danger.

At the center of this wrenching tale of nature’s fury are ski patrolman Larry Heywood and his team, who heroically fought with the help of a search-and-rescue dog to save a 22-year-old woman trapped for five days underneath the suffocating snow.

For information, contact Suzanne Roberts, Writers’ Series coordinator, at robertss@ltcc.edu or (530) 541-4660, ext. 708.