IN LOVING MEMORY OF MAMMOTH SKI PATROLLERS
April 6th, 2012 by Tallus
On Thursday, April 6, 2006, four experienced Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrollers were inspecting the mountain after a series of heavy snowstorms. The patrollers were fencing off the fumarole, on Christmas Bowl run (east of Chair 3) when the snow around the vent collapsed. In this instance, the tremendous snowfall had temporarily blocked the vent and a build-up of gas occurred beneath the snowpack creating unstable conditions. Two patrollers fell into the approximately 6-ft hole, down 21 feet of snow to the earth. Two patrollers attempting to help descended into the hole. The two that fell and one who attempted to rescue them passed due to asphyxiation by the volcanic gasses.
Walter, James and Scotty, you’re forever in our thoughts.
A permanent stone monument sits at the summit of Mammoth Mountain in loving memory of Mammoth Ski Patrollers who lost their lives on the mountain April 6, 2006. The monument was designed by local artist Larry Walker and has been made possible by generous donations from many people. It is an amazing collaborative effort of Ski Patrol, the families and friends of the fallen patrollers and many others. Walter, James and Scott are memorialized in a location from which they can eternally overlook Mammoth Mountain and beyond, from the Minarets to Crowley Lake.
A bunch of us gathered for a BBQ.