Pro Skier JT Holmes Fully Buried and Unconscious in Lake Tahoe Avalanche

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JT Holmes, professional freeskier from Squaw Valley, USA.
JT Holmes, professional freeskier from Squaw Valley, USA.

Professional freeskier JT Holmes from Squaw Valley, CA was fully buried by an avalanche near Truckee, CA last Thursday while skiing with friends.  While under 3-feet snow, JT lost consciousness.

JT did not need CPR but need need help being evacuated to safety.

Fortunately, the group he was with was experienced in avalanche rescue and were able to extract him in time to save his life.

JT was with a group of 8 at the time of the avalanche skiing near Donner Peak on a northern aspect in complex terrain around 7,400-feet.

“I got flushed through, went downhill with the avalanche.  The second wave of the avalanche buried me.

I feel very shaken up.  I feel very grateful I was with a team of very prepared individuals, I feel grateful we discussed avalanche protocol in the morning, practiced with our beacons.” – JT Holmes told the Reno Gazzette Journal

“Persistent weak layers in the form of buried surface hoar exist throughout the forecast region in some areas on N-NE-E aspects near and below treeline and possibly on NW and SE aspects. These weak layers are now buried anywhere from 1.5′ to 4′ deep in the snowpack. We have experienced a large avalanche cycle on these weak layers over the last 2 weeks. Many of the suspect slopes have already avalanched.” – Sierra Avalanche Center

Please be careful out there.

Always check the avalanche forecast before heading out, make sure you’re educated and experienced, and travel in the backcountry with educated, experienced partners.

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5 thoughts on “Pro Skier JT Holmes Fully Buried and Unconscious in Lake Tahoe Avalanche

  1. The problem is…. Pro athletes get in their heads they know it all…and keep dying because nobody can’t tell them differently nor are able to stop them. And let’s face it, JT sponsors will not make money on safety decisions of “not skiing” due to the prospect of an avalanche!
    Other names come to mind for the same reason: Graham Dickinson, Alex Polli, Uli Emanuelle, Dario Zanon, Jonathan Florez, Dan Vicary, Ludo Woerth, Alex Duncan and many more I admired! All amazing athletes and gone for good! Such a shame!

  2. Also heard some in group werent even properly equipoed w gear beacon shovel probe.
    Cmon y’all make better decisions please. Not worth it to not.
    A lot of fatalities due to avalanches already this year, live to ski another day, year, decade etc.

  3. But seriously with all the available info Sierra Avalanche Center and NOAA remote sensors at resorts with temps and wind speeds it really just plain stupid, arrogant or both but definitely bad decision making.
    Love JT but dude,, you’re not above basic physics of universe just cause ur a celeb. You are NOT James Bond. Do ur mom a favor if u love her, throttle back a bit please, eh?

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