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Sheriff: 1 dead, 1 seriously injured in Lake Tahoe avalanche

UPDATE: After a thorough search, authorities said they have confirmed there are no other victims.

Posted: Jan 17, 2020 12:10 PM
Updated: Jan 17, 2020 5:02 PM

UPDATE 3:35 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 - An avalanche at a California ski resort Friday morning killed one skier and seriously injured another, authorities said.

A male skier, 34-year-old Cole Comstock, of Blairsden, California, was killed in the avalanche, according to the sheriff's office. A second male skier sustained severe lower-body injuries and was taken to a local hospital, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's department said crews scoured the rest of the mountain with dogs after the avalanche and did not believe there were any more victims.

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UPDATE 12:53 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 - The Placer County Sheriff's Office says the search has been called off. After a thorough search, authorities said they have confirmed there are no other victims.

The avalanche was reported at 10:16 a.m. in the area between Scott Chute and Promised Land near Scott Chair at Alpine Meadows, within an open area of the resort.

Avalanche mitigation work had been performed in the area prior to opening to skiers and riders for the day.

The avalanche hit some of the steepest terrain at the resort, where a series of expert runs snake through the trees, past cliffs and drop-down narrow chutes.

The cause of the avalanche is unknown at this time pending additional investigation.

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ALPINE MEADOWS, Calif. (AP) - Crews are responding to an avalanche at a Northern California ski resort with several people unaccounted for.

Authorities say one person has died and one person is seriously injured after an avalanche at a Northern California ski resort.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office says the avalanche happened Friday at Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows, a ski resort in the Squaw Valley area of Lake Tahoe.

An avalanche at Alpine Meadows in 1982 killed seven people, including several employees of the ski resort.

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