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Squaw patroller who died was working on Headwall area

Nick Cruit
Sierra Sun

Avalanche advisory remains in effect until Thursday morning

By Nick Cruit

Sierra Sun

SQUAW VALLEY USA “-Andrew Entin, a 16-year veteran ski patroller, died Tuesday at Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno after being transported there for injuries sustained in an avalanche earlier that morning at Squaw Valley USA.

Entin, 41, was caught in the avalanche 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 later passed away.

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 Entin’s wife and family our deepest sympathy,” Said Nancy Cushing, the resort’s chief executive officer. “Our hearts go out to them at this difficult time. We will not forget Andrew, his camaraderie and his courage.”

An avalanche advisory issued by the U.S. Forest Service in Truckee will remain in effect until 8 a.m. Thursday, with high avalanche danger existing near and above treelines.

Large natural and human-triggered avalanches are likely.

“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 it’s got to get done. Tahey have no choice but to go out and do it again the next day.”