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A Wall of White

The True Story of Heroism and Survival in the Face of a Deadly Avalanche

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A Wall of White by Jennifer Woodlief
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Description

The 1982 avalanche at Alpine Meadows ski resort near Lake Tahoe, California was a once-in-a-lifetime catastrophe--an unforeseeable confluence of natural events that created the conditions for an unimaginable disaster--and, in one woman's case, an astonishing ordeal of survival. In this freak event, millions of tons of snow flowed into the ski area and parking lot beyond, engulfing unsuspecting vacationers out for a walk as well as resort employees working in spite of the danger, killing seven and leaving one victim buried alive under the snow. At the center of this wrenching tale of human versus nature is ski patrolman Larry Heywood and his team, who heroically searched for a twenty-two-year-old woman trapped for five days underneath the suffocating snow--a tale of survival that is itself an exploration of the capacity of courage. A Wall of White is the quintessential American story--a testament to the unwavering dedication of a band of rebel rescuers, driven only by a commitment to saving lives, battling not just extreme conditions but seemingly impossible odds.

Author Biography

Jennifer Woodlief is a former reporter for Sports Illustrated. Her first book Ski to Die: The Bill Johnson Story (2005) was optioned by Warner Brothers with Matthew McConaughey to play Bill. A graduate of Stanford University and UCLA School of Law, her past jobs included prosecuting first-degree murder cases as a district attorney and working as a case officer with top secret clearance for the CIA.
Release date Australia
February 23rd, 2010
Illustrations
Plates, black and white; Illustrations, black and white
Imprint
Atria Books
Pages
243
Dimensions
147x226x20
ISBN-13
9781416546948
Product ID
3836296

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