Mammoth remembers fallen patrollers.
A memorial was held on Wednesday for Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrollers, John “Scott” McAndrews, James Juarez and Charles “Walter” Rosenthal, marking the 10th anniversary of the tragic accident that took their lives.
In 2006, McAndrews and Juarez were clearing snow from around a fumarole after a heavy snowfall. The snow gave way underneath the two, and they fell into a hole filled with carbon dioxide. Rosenthal went in after the two but was quickly overcome by the gas and perished as well.
Hundreds of family, friends and supporters gathered on the top of Mammoth Mountain to remember and toast their fallen comrades.
The memorial was more celebration than grieving and a fitting tribute for the three men.
Mammoth’s Dan Flynn and McAndrews were rookie ski patrollers in 2005. Flynn told The Sheet Scotty was “the kindest, most generous man in the world.” Scottie had a degree in special education, but the mountains called to him and he never got a chance to put the degree to work. However, he was passionate about inner-city kids and getting them outdoors. Flynn said the Scott McAndrews Memorial Fund has been set up to help those kids get outside. He was voted “Rookie of the Year” in 2005 with no competition.