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SCOUT TRAINING SAVES LOST SKIER’S HIDE

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A skier lost in a Sierra blizzard remembered his Boy Scout training and holed up in a snow cave to shield himself from freezing temperatures and driving snow.

Two days and 4 feet of snowfall later, rescuers spotted Alan Austin's ski parka."The most wonderful sound was the sound of helicopter rotors," Austin, 45, said. He suffered only mild frostbite.

Austin had been skiing with his daughters Saturday when he decided to take his final run of the day solo.

"All of a sudden there was a whiteout. Winds came up, the snow was blinding. I just stopped," he said. He tried to go on, but fell in deep powder and lost a pole.

He said he recalled his Boy Scout instructions: Stay in one place, find a snow drift under a tree, build a cave and line the walls with tree limbs. And wait.