Large avalanche shuts down Squaw Valley world event |

Large avalanche shuts down Squaw Valley world event

A tremendous avalanche on Squaw Valley’s famous Tram face canceled Sunday’s Freeride World Tour finals. Nobody was injured and nobody was caught in the slide.

Organizers spent most of the morning switching the venue to the Tram face, a series of steep, technical rocks and cliffs that are usually closed to skiers – amateurs and professionals alike. But as soon as organizers had the venue changed and set up, and while a skier traversed another section of the course, the Tram face let loose, sending organizers, media and onlookers scrambling for safety.

“Event’s canceled today folks,” organizers said, as the venue cleared out and the snow settled.

The finals are now scheduled to start and finish in the Silverado and Granite Chief areas of the resort today.

Earlier this week, pro freeskier C.R. Johnson died while freeskiing before the event.

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