A view looking up from the hole where Anna was trapped. Photo courtesy of Larry Heywood.
Was it hard getting people to talk about the avalanche so many years after it happened? Woodlief: Enough time had passed that people were willing to open up and talk about it. A lot of the rescuers and patrollers had never talked about it publically. There had been a Forest Service investigation and a lawsuit after the avalanche, so they weren’t able to speak to the media. If some cases, their full-grown children read the book, and that was the first time they had really heard about what their parents had been through.