David Ortiz and his roommate Neale were driving near Tahoe when the avalanche struck, completely covering their car on Highway 89. Every window was covered by about 6 feet of snow, and there was no way to get out. They said they felt a bit of panic at first, but after getting through to 911, after being reassured that fire and police crews were on the way, they were able to calm down a bit. That’s when the selfies started.
Luckily they were prepared, there were blankets in the car so they were able to keep warm while waiting on crews to arrive, and they had other supplies as well, luckily, in case the wait was long. Once crews found their car, it was another 30 minutes before the two were out. They came out in good spirits too, laughing about the situation. David says “Worrying wasn’t going to help us survive. Once we knew North Tahoe Fire was on their way, there was nothing to do but keep the good vibes going.”
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At the time of this writing (01/25/17 8:30am), highway 89 is closed between Emerald Bay State Park to Bliss State Park. Details here.