The C-RAD team arriving via FFL describe a challenging landing situation, where the pilot was fighting downdraft winds, and made six circles around in order to find a safe landing zone, LZ. Whenever they tried to land at the bottom of the avalanche, the pilot lost power due to down-wind-pressure, so the team offered “just land anywhere you can safely,” – which is why they ended up several hundred feet below the involved skier.
Naturally, the injured skier was stoked to get some help, and the C-RAD team freed him from his partial burial, wrapped him in a heat blanket and additional jackets. While they built the sked, they dug out hot tea from the victim’s pack, and tried to get the victim to relax for the additional half-hour it took them to gain the helicopter.
Having successfully handed off the patient to the FFL crew, the C-RAD team made their way to highway 91, where Doug Lesch staged a drill – hid for Max – so the dog would continue to be a worthy K9 asset.