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1 dead, 1 seriously injured after avalanche at Northern California ski resort

Posted: 1:22 PM, Jan 17, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-17 16:59:45-05
At least 1 dead, several unaccounted for after California avalanche

PLACER COUNTY, Calif. – 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.

“At approximately 10:30 this morning, we received a report of an avalanche up above the Subway ski run,” said Sgt. Mike Powers. “This is an area of the resort that is an advanced ski area and at this point, there’s no reason to believe that any other area of the resort or Alpine Meadows is in jeopardy.”

Search and rescue workers scoured the mountain for other potential victims, but the search was called off at about 12:50 PT after volunteers and avalanche dogs confirmed there were no other victims, according to the sheriff's office.

A storm passing through Thursday dumped up to 2 feet of snow across the area.

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