64-year-old skier killed in Lake Tahoe-area avalanche
December 13, 2016
RENO, Nev. — Rescue crews recovered the body of a 64-year-old man at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe the afternoon of Dec. 11 following reports of an avalanche.
"The body of a man believed to be the missing skier was located by searchers working within the search area shortly before 1:00pm Sunday," according to the Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
According to media reports, the body was found buried in about 8 to 10 feet of snow.
The name of the man has yet to be released, pending next-of-kin notification. The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office has taken over the investigation to determine cause of death.
The original report from early Dec. 11 when the skier was first reported missing:
Emergency crews have resumed the search for a male skier who was reportedly caught in an avalanche Saturday at Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe.
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Mt. Rose spokesman Mike Pierce says one skier saw the man get caught in an avalanche Saturday morning on Jackpot Chute, a closed area of the resort.
The Washoe County Sheriff's Office says search crews were recalled Saturday afternoon due to a continued avalanche threat. The search resumed at about 9:15 a.m. Sunday.
According to WCSO, searchers and support staff from Placer and Nevada counties in California are joining those from Washoe and Mt. Rose in the search.
The Tahoe region was pelted Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 with a wet winter storm, drawing some snow at higher elevations and plenty at lake level and above.