Came across a site with a lot of interesting stuff about the Tahoe area...
Here are a couple of good ones I found browsing the site...
In the emergency room, doctors found that virtually every bone on the right side of his body was broken, including his arm, pelvis, leg, and ankle. His knee was completely shattered and his spleen ruptured. The doctor later told Dick that he would be lucky to walk again, let alone ski, but Buek told him that he was already late for getting into shape for next ski season. The following winter he began his rehabilitation by skiing on one leg with half his body in a plaster cast. Despite painful therapy, his right knee was so damaged that Buek regained only 60 percent mobility with it. Metal pins held him together, but in 1954 he entered the U.S. Nationals at Aspen, Colorado, where he took first place in the Men's Downhill.
All was not lost, however. Nellie’s editor, John J. Jennings, had some-how managed to reach Donner Summit before railroad officials held down all westbound traffic in Reno. Jennings caught a ride on a snowplow until it was hit by avalanche. He survived but the machine was disabled. Despite sober advice for Jennings to remain with the plow, the resourceful editor found himself a pair of eight-foot-long wooden skis, the first he had ever seen. He skied all night until he broke past the blockade site where he could get a train to Sacramento. Jennings remarked, “I have seen snow and blizzards in New York, but the people back there don’t know what snow is.”
When men were men!
This is kinda interesting as well...
Edited by jc-ski - 10/6/14 at 11:06am