It is with enormous sadness that we advise that our great friend, admired colleague and Patrol Captain for the last few years, Dr Peter Duval passed away in St Vincent’s Private Hospital on 30 November, 2007. Peter was surrounded by his family in his final days and was, as always, stoic and courageous to the end. Peter was diagnosed with

Monday 30th July 2007 marked the 10th anniversary of the Thredbo landslide disaster in 1997, which claimed the lives of 18 people, including the then Thredbo Ski Patrol Director, Tony Weaver. This year the Thredbo community remembered the lives lost with spectacular flare run and fireworks display. The full professional Patrol and many volunteer Patrollers were proud to support and

Larry Adler is a long standing supporter of the Thredbo Ski Patrol. At the Larry Adler Ski EXPO held over the 12 & 13 May weekend the Patrol had a stand set up by Mick Harries. Mick took the opportunity to present Larry Alder with a 2007 trophy in recognition of their support of the TSPA. Various other snow industry

On 9 May 2007 the NSW Leader of Opposition recounted the avalanche rescue in Japan (see news entry for 14 Feb 2007) and named the five Thredbo patrollers and their two companions, and recognised their “courageous and heroic efforts”. A full Hansard transcript is available.

On 26 March 2007 the five patrollers involved in the Japan avalanche rescue (see news item for 14 Feb 2007) were invited with their partners to a presentation dinner at the Sydney Japanese Consulate. The Consul-General recognised them as heroes with citations on certificates that read: For exemplary conduct in an expeditious, precise and courageous manner at the risk of

On 14th Feb 2007 five volunteer Thredbo Ski Patrollers skiing on vacation at Hakkoda were first on scene after an avalanche hit a group of 22 Japanese skiers. The Thredbo patrollers treated badly injured skiers, determined that two people were not accounted for, and initiated an extensive search. One deceased skier was located quickly and the second missing skier was