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66-year-old man killed in avalanche at Tahoe ski resort

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66-year-old man killed in avalanche at Tahoe ski resort
An avalanche at Palisades Tahoe, a ski resort in the Olympic Valley of California, on Wednesday morning claimed a man’s life and injured another.
About four hours after the snow slide, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office released an update saying, “The avalanche caused one fatality and one injury.”

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The deceased man, Kenneth Kidd, 66, of the Truckee and Point Reyes regions of the state, was identified on Wednesday night.

The sheriff’s office expressed, “Our deepest sympathies are with Mr. Kidd’s family and friends.”
The other interred individual had non-life-threatening wounds.
According to the sheriff’s office, no other people have been reported missing. All search operations have ended, according to Smith, who also stated that “nobody else is up on the mountain as a

result of the avalanche
According to Michael Gross, vice president of mountain operations at Palisades Tahoe, both the deceased and the injured were out-of-area visitors.

According to Gross, there were two more people caught in the snow avalanche. Her partner “extracted” one of them, while other guests “assisted” the other one.
According to Gross, he had no idea how far buried people were in the snow.
For the remainder of Wednesday, the resort blocked the mountain on both sides.

On January 10, 2024, rescue personnel respond to an avalanche at a California ski resort close to Lake Tahoe. AP via Mark Sponsler
According to Palisades Tahoe, the avalanche occurred on the Palisades side of the resort mountain at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time. Furthermore, the sheriff’s office stated that it was precisely above KT-22’s GS bowl region.
A witness to the avalanche, who saw numerous individuals buried, reported the scene and requested assistance.

Darian Shirazi posted on X, “As the entire GS Bowl slid from top to bottom, multiple people were buried and several were screaming.” “My sympathies go out to the snowboarder’s family who departed from this life. This was an unexpected and horrifying encounter. Ski securely.

As to Gross, KT-22 commenced its season on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Ahead of the ski season, he said, the ski patrol has been “up there doing avalanche control assessments since Sunday,” which involves assessing the weather and placing safety and hazard markers.

The Sierra Avalanche Center reported that there was an avalanche risk on Wednesday and that the cause was a powerful winter storm that was passing through the area.

According to Gross, opening a portion of the mountain in spite of severe weather and widespread snow warnings is “absolutely” normal.
“We’ll evaluate the conditions, and based on our expertise and our experience and the history, if we deem the conditions safe, then we will open it,” Gross stated.

According to Gross, avalanche mitigation involves examining historical and contemporary weather data in addition to models that incorporate wind direction, speed, snow path, density, and snow path.
The snowy resort is seen in a video from Live Storms Media, or LSM, with a large number of police and fire trucks. According to the source, doctors were treating people in the resort’s medical facility.

The avalanche was characterized as “major,” causing “numerous entrapments and injuries.” LSM was informed by Olympic Valley firemen that one patient was undergoing CPR and another was receiving treatment for a fractured leg.

“Everyone is on deck right now,” a firefighter informed LSM.
At approximately 10 a.m. local time, the Palisades Tahoe medical clinic received reports of a person with a “lower leg injury” that prompted the Olympic Valley Fire Department to react.

At the press conference, Fire Chief Brad Chisholm stated, “My office started getting word of a potential avalanche at Palisades Tahoe shortly thereafter.”

After arriving at the location, Chisholm claimed to have “started an incident with our dispatch” and to have then started “pooling resources.”
He clarified that the situation was mostly handled by the resort and that it took place up on the hill.

Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, according to the sheriff’s office, has been triggered. In an update, the sheriff’s office stated that it is looking into the coroner’s case.
Situated on the western shore of Lake Tahoe, the resort is about forty miles away from Reno.

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