Mountain Story 2023: "Buried" film screening & panel conversation

Presented by Teton County Library

Mountain Story 2023: "Buried" film screening & panel conversation
Teton County Library
The Center Theater
February 7 | 7:00 PM

FREE Tickets are available online HERE. A library card number is required to claim free tickets.

In the early 1980s, the Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol were the undisputed gods of winter in the mountain hamlet of Lake Tahoe, California, a sun-drenched wonderland of endless powder and parties. This sundry crew full of youthful hubris and a zest for explosives were guided by a newly minted avalanche forecaster named Jim Plehn. More thoughtful and strategic than the others, Jim was a stickler for safety and protocol; he had to be at this avalanche-prone resort. The responsibility to keep the skiing public safe was an all-consuming obsession of the patrol crew, which made the day of March 31, 1982 all the more devastating, when an avalanche of unforeseeable magnitude broke free. Millions of pounds of snow hurtled down the side of the mountain demolishing the resort’s base area.The wreckage was unimaginable and for the shell-shocked patrol team there was no time to dwell, eight missing victims were buried in the slide - co-workers, friends, family - and every passing second was precious. Over the next five days, through an unrelenting storm and unimaginable tragedy, the rescue team persevered, never losing hope for a miracle. The film screening is followed by a discussion led by Jen Reddy from Teton County Search and Rescue, Drew Kneeland from JHMR Ski Patrol, Mike Rheam from Bridger Teton Avalanche forecasters, Lanny Johnson local Jackson film contributor who was involved in the incident, and Lewis Smirl Jackson therapist. Film written and directed by Jared Drake & Steven Siig.

For full Mt. Story 2023 line-up: