On Monday at 3:24 p.m., the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Hasty Team, Search and Rescue volunteers and RAVEN Huey helicopter flight crew responded to a report of two separate lost parties: one party of three skiers and one party of two snowboarders.
Ground teams searched Davis Creek Park, Tahoe Meadows, the Slide Mountain side of Mt. Rose Ski Resort and various strategic locations along the highway.
The RAVEN searched the northwest side of the ski resort and then received information from the ground units that the snowboarders were on the southeast side of the resort out of ski resort boundaries. The helicopter crew found the three skiers accompanied by two Mt. Rose Ski Patrol members in the Ophir Creek meadow area. Based on the victims’ location and the physical condition of one of the skiers, search and rescue teams elected to transport all five people by helicopter back to the Slide side of the ski resort parking lot where they were met by WCSAR personnel. At that time additional information was received that the two lost snowboarders were located on the southwest side of the mountain by two North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District personnel. RAVEN proceeded to that location and at 6:15 p.m. recovered the two snowboarders and returned them to the main parking lot of the Mt. Rose Ski Resort without incident.