Avalanche at California ski resort leaves 2 injured

Courtesy Mt. Rose Ski Area

Heather Turping was snowboarding with her boyfriend when she heard someone scream "Avalanche!" and saw "a cloud of snow coming down".

At approximately 10:15AM on March 3, 2018, Mammoth Mountain Ski Patrol was performing avalanche hazard mitigation work when an avalanche released on the upper part of the mountain traveling towards the High Five Express [Chair 5] area.

A Placer County Sheriff spokeswoman said deputies responded to the resort around 2:15 p.m.to help out, but she was told everyone had escaped the avalanche. 'It just happened to literally pass a foot in front of me'.

Two women and three men were eventually rescued from beneath the snow.

No skiers were on the mountain at the time.

A snowboarder who went missing Thursday afternoon has been found dead at Squaw Valley Ski Resort, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office.

Rescuers used bare hands and shovels to dig out a man buried in snow after an avalanche at a ski resort in California. It was the winter's deadliest avalanche so far, the report said.

A blizzard warning was in effect for parts of the Sierra Nevada, where winds could gust up to 125 miles per hour on ridges and 60 miles per hour in some valleys.

Police are continuing to investigate the death of a snowboarder found nearby at the resort, but the body was recovered before the avalanche hit, according to officials.

A blizzard warning expired Friday but whiteout conditions were still possible around Lake Tahoe, where a winter storm warning remained in effect until 10am Saturday, the National Weather Service said. He was reported missing by friends Thursday night.

Some minor roadway flooding occurred, but the region's main highway, USA 101, remained open throughout the storm.

"Fire got everyone out", the official said.

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