Palisades’ KT-22 Slides Moments After Open

by The Editors on January 10, 2024

Now that the sun has set over the Sierra, the press conference is over, and releases have gone out, here is the official word on the day:

At around 9:30 AM on Janaury 10, 2024 four Palisades Tahoe guests were involved in an avalanche in the “GS gully area, to the skier’s right of the KT-22.” One skier, Kenneth Kidd, 66, of Truckee and Point Reyes, California died. Another was injured, and two others were able to get free of the snow with no serious injuries. No one is currently reported missing.

According to the resort the “cause of the avalanche is under investigation.” In other words, the resort is attempting to figure out how their avalanche mitigation measures failed to recognize the potential dangers on a slope that in hindsight was totally unstable.

This is not the first time the Palisades Tahoe has had an avalanche event or issues with avalanche control.

On March 3, 2018 five guests were buried in an avalanche near the Olympic Lady lift.

In 2017 the resort was fined $20,000 after a ski patroler died in an explosion during avalanche control on January 24.

On December 25, 2008 a skier was killed in avalanche in the Red Dog area of the resort.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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