Sacto 9-1-1
December 24, 2012
Snowboarder dies in reported avalanche at Donner Ski Ranch

A snowboarder died Monday after apparently being caught in an avalanche at Donner Ski Ranch, the Nevada County Sheriff's Department reported.

The snowboarder, said to be a man in his 50s, was found dead in two to three feet of snow in a debris field at the base of the mountain resort hours after he was reported missing Monday morning.

Authorities said the snowboarder, whose name was being withheld until his family was notified, was apparently swept away as a moderate avalanche hit an area where several people were skiing and snowboarding.

Search and rescue teams from the Placer County Sheriff's Office and ski patrols from Donner Ski Ranch and neighboring Sugar Bowl Resort combed the area and found the body at 1:30 after being alerted by a search dog.

Nevada County Sheriff's Sgt. Bob Jakobs said no other people were believed to have been affected by the avalanche. The area of the slide was closed down after the incident.

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