Avalanche hits Mammoth Mountain
MAMMOTH LAKES, Calif. – No one was reported missing and only a few people had minor injuries after an avalanche rumbled through a Mammoth Mountain ski run, authorities said.Search crews spent hours Monday looking for people possibly buried under the snow, using poles to probe every six inches, said Joani Lynch, spokeswoman for the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area.”We fielded a number of calls from concerned individuals looking for people and it turns out that the individuals who were not accounted for were helping with the search,” Lynch said.The avalanche hit shortly after 2 p.m., authorities said.Three or four minor injuries were initially reported by fire dispatch, but no one was taken to the local hospital, said Fire Chief Brent Harper said. Lynch said the ski area had no reports of injuries related to the incident.The slide, while fairly wide, occurred only in the area of a run called Climax, which is near the top of the 11,053-foot mountain that has had record snowfall this season, Lynch said.The mountain’s ski patrol had triggered controlled slides earlier, and had blasted the Climax area, too, Lynch said. But she did not know if that work had actually caused any snow to slide in Climax area.Skier Katie Bloom, 26, said she saw the aftermath of the avalanche as she rode a gondola up the mountain.
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