Injured Backcountry Skier Rescued by Helicopter from Summit of Mount Rose, NV

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Mt. Rose summit in Lake Tahoe.

An injured backcountry skier was rescued near the Mt. Rose summit over the weekend, the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Just before 5:30 pm, the sheriff’s office dispatched its RAVEN helicopter crew and search and rescue team to assist the North Lake Tahoe Fire Department in retrieving a woman with a leg injury. 

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Tamarack Peak, Lake Tahoe. Credit: Sierra Avalanche Center

She had been skiing with two other people at Tamarack Peak and was stranded at an altitude above 9,200 feet, according to sheriff’s office spokesman Bob Harmon. None of the skiers were from the immediate area.

“Because of the steepness of the terrain, it would have been dangerous to get her out on the ground,” Harmon said.

The RAVEN crew and HASTY rescue team, a highly skilled volunteer rescue team, airlifted the skier to an ambulance, which then transported her to a Lake Tahoe area hospital.

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