Sacto 9-1-1
March 2, 2012
Skier caught in Placer County avalanche dies

A skier injured in an avalanche in Placer County on Thursday had died, according to the Nevada County Sheriff's Department.

The 29-year-old skier, whose name was not immediately available, was taken Thursday to Tahoe Forest Hospital in Truckee in critical condition. He later died at the Nevada County hospital.

A Placer County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said the avalanche occurred in Ward Valley off Highway 89. The skier was located by search and rescue teams about 500 vertical feet below Stanford Rock, off the backside of the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, but not at the resort itself.

The report of the injury was received about 2:50 p.m. The unidentified male skier was near two or three other skiers when an avalanche occurred, and one of the group was able to ski out of the area and notify authorities, according to a Placer Sheriff's Office news release.

The skier was in rugged terrain in an area that was difficult to reach, according to rescuers on the scene. A snowcat, two snowmobiles and a team of skiers from the Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue team were involved in the rescue.

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