Missing snowboarder found deceased at Squaw Valley

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04 March, 2018

The avalanche that hit Friday at the Squaw Valley Ski Resort caught five people - one day after a snowboarder died there during a blizzard as a winter storm rolled through California. The weather was overcast and snowing - flawless for a day on the slopes.

That was a relief to residents of the coastal foothill town of Montecito, northwest of Los Angeles.

Office of Emergency Management Director Rob Lewin says crews are checking roads, debris basins and utilities after the worst of the storm passed over the county's south coast early Friday.

Placer County Sheriff's Deputies are on the scene of an avalanche at Squaw Valley on Friday. Three others escaped without being hurt. "It was massive", she said.

The man was snowboarding with friends in ungroomed terrain when he fell head-first into about 5 feet of fresh snow and suffocated when he couldn't free himself, Tim Cohee, China Peak's managing partner and general manager, told the Bee.

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"That's what saved his life", Turping said.

Turping said she helped a woman dig her husband out after they spotted his snowboard protruding from beneath the blanket of snow. "When he got uncovered, a ski patroller said, 'You were under for six minutes'". Squaw Valley released a statement on the avelanche saying that five people were involved in the avalanche and one person was seriously injured.

"We had assessed the area to be safe to open to the public and unfortunately an avalanche did occur after that assessment was made", Hepburn said. Squaw Valley officials released more information after the incident via Twitter: The trigger of the avalanche was not immediately known, but a full investigation of the incident and its cause will be conducted, officials said. The man's body was found under feet of snow Friday, the day after a blizzard packing 150-mph winds hit the Sierra Nevada.

A blizzard warning has expired but the National Weather Service says whiteout conditions are still possible around Lake Tahoe where 3 feet of snow (90 centimeters) already has fallen and winds gusting to almost 150 miles per hour (240 kph) shut down Interstate 80.


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