Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

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by John Branch
     
 


Without a sound, the pristine field of snow gave way, breaking apart like cracked glass. It raced down the mountain at seventy miles per hour, unearthing boulders, snapping old-growth trees, and shredding bark from the trunks.

It also collected bodies.

When sixteen of the country's best skiers and snowboarders headed to a renowned out

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Without a sound, the pristine field of snow gave way, breaking apart like cracked glass. It raced down the mountain at seventy miles per hour, unearthing boulders, snapping old-growth trees, and shredding bark from the trunks.

It also collected bodies.

When sixteen of the country's best skiers and snowboarders headed to a renowned out-of-bounds ski area in Washington State on February 19, 2012, they were aware of the high risk posed by avalanches. Still, they took the deadly gamble—and lost. As acclaimed "New York Times" reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist John Branch writes in this harrowing tale of disaster and survival, "the very thing the skiers and snowboarders had sought—fresh, soft snow—instantly became the enemy." In less than a minute, Tunnel Creek turned from a playground into an icy tomb.

Like the adventure classics "Into Thin Air" and "The Perfect Storm," Branch's story of the Tunnel Creek avalanche follows the seemingly innocuous events and missteps that carried the victims ever closer to tragedy. By the time the group arrived on the mountaintop, the sense of foreboding was palpable. Unlike a storm, however, an avalanche gives no warning. What slight movement could have triggered the massive slide? It's impossible to say. With horrifying detail, Branch describes the feeling of being swept away and then buried by tons of snow and ice. Miraculously, some survived. Others didn't, and Branch paints wrenching portraits of those vibrant men who would never return home.

Recognized as a master storyteller with keen insight into those who are drawn to risk, John Branch delivers a pulse-pounding story that will forever change the way we look at so-called peaceful snowy landscapes.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

John Branch is a sports reporter for "The New York Times." He has covered stories big and small, from the Super Bowl and the Olympics to lumberjacking and horseshoes championships. His 2011 story "Punched Out," on the life and death of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and two children.


Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781614520566
Publisher:
Byliner
Publication date:
10/23/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

John Branch is a sports reporter for "The New York Times." He has covered stories big and small, from the Super Bowl and the Olympics to lumberjacking and horseshoes championships. His 2011 story "Punched Out," on the life and death of hockey enforcer Derek Boogaard, was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in the San Francisco area with his wife and two children.

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(This the rest of Chp. 3.) <P> "The young girl was amazed by its warmth. She tossed the snow flake into the air, the spots where the dead people were, also glowed as bright as the snowflake did. The snow around them, melted. They sat up and looked around, all there wounds healed. The were alive, once again. They gave the girl everything she could've ever wanted, just for finding, the snowflake. She called it the Snow Drop. She hid the Snow Drop in a cave, where no one could ever find it. She did not want some greedy person to take the Snow Drop, the Snow Drop contaned more power, then almost enything." He finished. I was surprized that was the ending, "Is that all!?!" I said. "Yes. Thats all." He answered. Lucky came into the living room with two sandwitches. He sat then in our laps. "Thanks Lucky." I said taking a byte out of the sandwitch. <P> We talked about stuff. Then, Justin watched some TV. I listened to the TV. After that, we talked some more. <P> Justin glanced at his watch, (But, Snow can't see him glance at his watch, because, shes blind.) then continued talking, "Thats why I don't like apples." I nod, "That is good reson to not like apples." I smiled. "I have to go now, I promised my folks that I would be back at 6:00 P.M. and its, 5:55 P.M. Bye." He said. He qwickly walked out the door. <P> (Next chapter will be Chapter 4, but, Justins point of veiw, or POV. So chp. 4 is when he gets home. Okay? Good! Applications are welcomed! Please advertise for me too! If you have the time.) <P> ~ Rainbowfall
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Silvermist i broke my leg trying to hunt then I got bit by a evil cat.
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Waits
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She backs away. Drown....