World Freeride Tour finals continue Monday morning
February 28, 2010
SQUAW VALLEY USA and#8212;- A large avalanche on Squaw Valley’s famous Tram face canceled Sunday’s Freeride World Tour finals. Nobody was injured and nobody was caught in the slide
The finals are now scheduled to start and finish in the Silverado areas of the resort on Monday morning.
Organizers spent most of the morning switching the venue to the Tram face, a series of steep, technical rocks and cliffs that are usually closed to skiers and#8212; amateurs and professionals alike. But as soon as organizers had the venue changed and set up, and while a skier traversed another section of the course, the Tram face let loose, sending organizers, media and onlookers scrambling for safety.
“Event’s canceled today folks,” organizers said, as the venue cleared out and the snow settled. After the tremendous avalanche cleared, no complaints were heard.
Earlier this week, pro freeskier C.R. Johnson died while freeskiing before the event.