The latest on an avalanche at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe on Friday:
The skier who died in the avalanche has been identified as 34-year-old Cole Comstock, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office says.
Comstock was from Blairsden, a community in Plumas County.
The other skier who was injured in the avalanche has not been named.
Squaw Alpine officials say the search for any other possible victims of the avalanche was completed just before noon with no one else found.
More details about the avalanche were also released by resort officials. Squaw Alpine says avalanche happened around 10:16 a.m. in the area between Scott Chute and Promised Land, near Scott Chair. Members of the Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol responded immediately after the avalanche.
One skier, only identified as a male at this point, was pronounced dead by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at 11 a.m.
— Placer Sheriff (@PlacerSheriff) January 17, 2020
A second skier suffered severe injuries to his lower body, officials say. He has been taken to the hospital by ambulance.
Witnesses in the area didn’t see any other people involved in the avalanche, Squaw Alpine says.
Exactly what caused the avalanche is being investigated.
The sheriff’s office says they’re treating the avalanche at Alpine Meadows as an “isolated incident” and that ski resort remains open.
Only the area near the Subway ski run, near where the avalanche happened, is closed.
A search is still going on for any more potential unaccounted for victims.
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Source: CBS Sacramento