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On Sunday a skier who was exploring the backcountry around the Alta Ski Area was buried under four feet of snow after he was consumed by an avalanche.
Lucky for buried dude, part-time Bend resident and mountain guide Todd Glew was on the scene.
Glew, who works for Timberline Mountain Guides, was the first one to reach the victim. Glew immediately switched his beacon to "search" mode and found buried-dude quickly. The first probe strike, which came from the victim's partner, who had followed Glew to the toe of the avalanche, found buried-dude and the two skiers quickly uncovered him.
UnofficialNetworks.com reports that Glew said the following:
“I was not really excited about the whole rescue,” Glew said. “When I saw it, I thought I was digging up somebody that was dead…We dug up a guy who is purple and blue or whatever, but he was OK.”