Snowbound: The Curse of the Sierra (2000)

Three winter weather disasters in California's Sierra Nevada range.


Mike Leiderman


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Credited cast:
Pete Stacker Pete Stacker ... Narrator (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anna Conrad Allen Anna Conrad Allen ... Herself - Avalanche Survivor
Robert J. Church Robert J. Church ... Himself - Author, 'Snowbound Streamliner' (as Robert Church)
Eugene Conrad Eugene Conrad ... Himself - Father
Joan Conrad Joan Conrad ... Herself - Mother
Frankye Craig Frankye Craig ... Herself - Donner Party Historian
Larry Heywood Larry Heywood ... Himself - Alpine Meadows Ski Operations
Loretta Houston Loretta Houston ... Herself - Passenger
Mark McLaughlin Mark McLaughlin ... Himself - Weather Historian
Frank Mullen Frank Mullen ... Himself - Author, 'The Donner Party Chronicles'
James F. Reed III James F. Reed III ... Himself - Donner Party Descendant
Walter Roehll Jr. Walter Roehll Jr. ... Himself - Passenger's Son
Ann Houghton Smith Ann Houghton Smith ... Herself - Donner Party Descendant
George Sommerdorf George Sommerdorf ... Himself - Ski Patrol Rescuer
Tony Urso Jr. Tony Urso Jr. ... Himself - Passenger


Sierra Nevada means "snowy mountains" in Spanish. This spectacular range runs 400 miles along the eastern edge of California. It is the most avalanche-prone area in the United States, a place where the winter "Storm King" produces many devastating snowstorms. This documentary examines three winter weather disasters in the Sierras, starting with the most notorious, the Donner Party. Snowbound over the winter of 1846-1847, of the 81 settlers who went into the mountains, only 45 walked out. Some of the group resorted to cannibalism, which was sensationalized in the press. The second disaster profiled occurred in January 1952 when the luxury streamliner train "City of San Francisco" became stuck in Donner Pass by avalanches resulting from extreme snowfall the previous autumn. One engineer was killed and the train's passengers were stranded 3 days without heat before rescue. The third disaster happened at the Alpine Meadows ski resort near Lake Tahoe. The 15-foot snow pack in the spring of... Written by yortsnave

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Wrath of God - Snowbound: The Curse of the Sierra See more »

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