TNSAR Search 02/24/2008

Diamond Peak Snowboarder

At about 8:00 pm, as a 24" storm was just dissipating, TNSAR was dispatched to help find a missing skier at Diamond Peak Ski Area. Upon arrival the team was assigned the search area of Golden Eagle Bowl down to the Ponderosa Ranch.

8 skiers and 3 patrollers were transported by grooming machine to the top of the mountain and started searching down into the Bowl and past the boundary rope line. After about 45 minutes, a combination boot and snowboard track was found and was followed down to one of the very small Ponderosa Ranch cabins, where Ryan, a 35 year old snowboarder, was found drying out and warming up over a small fire he'd built using a flint he found in the lightly stocked cabin.

Ryan was in good shape and the decision was made to hike him out to the bottom of the canyon on snowshoes, which occurred without incident, under a clear, beautiful sky. All participants were back at Diamond Peak Ski Area at 12:30.

Here is the press release from Diamond Peak and the article from the Reno Gazette Journal.

Sheriff Dispatch Comm Van Truck Skiers Snow Cats Snowmobiles Other
Dave Hunt Marty Schoonmaker
Terri Viehmann
Jackie Thomas
Bill Healy
Rick Miller

Dave Wright
Russ Viehmann- coordinator
Doug Read
Scott Shane
Jeff Devrie
Mike LeFrancois
Paul Honeywell
Dirk Schoonmaker
Joe Pace
Bob Wright

Diamond Peak Patrol:
Thomas Smith
John Farrel