Fresh snow, freezing nights as crews search for skiers
February 4, 2008
(AP) – Fresh snow added to the pressure on rescuers hoping Monday to find two skiers who have been lost near Lake Tahoe through two nights of plunging temperatures.
Patrick Frost, 35, and Christopher Gerwig, 32, both of San Francisco, were reported missing Saturday night at the Alpine Meadows resort just north of Lake Tahoe, said Placer County sheriff’s Sgt. Allan Carter.
Frost and Gerwig, described as expert skiers, had last been seen Saturday morning at a resort bar listening to advice about different outlying areas to ski. During the night, the area had temperatures in the 20s, high wind and heavy snow.
“I would say if they sought shelter, and they’re not wet and not caught in an avalanche zone, then their chances are good,” Placer County sheriff’s Sgt. John Giovannini said.
Carter said rescuers looking for Frost and Gerwig were searching a wide area that included the back side of Alpine Meadows on the west side of the Sierra crest outside the ski resort’s boundaries.
Alpine Meadows was closed Sunday because a 12-foot-deep avalanche triggered by an avalanche-control crew covered its main entrance road, Carter said. No one was trapped or injured by the avalanche.
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The resort is expected to be open today.