Avalanche At Alpine Meadows Kills 1, Seriously Injures Another

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January 17, 2020 - 12:10 pm
One person was killed and another seriously injured on Jan. 17, 2020.

Alpine Meadows

An avalanche at Alpine Meadows killed one person and seriously injured another Friday, the Placer County sheriff's office announced. 

Cole Comstock, 34, from Blairsden — about 60 miles north of the Lake Tahoe resort — has been identified as the skier who perished. The other male skier suffered severe lower-body injuries, but has not yet been identified.

The search for more victims was called off after about an hour, the sheriff's office said. 

"We do not believe there are additional victims," said Andrew Scott, a spokesman for the Placer County sheriff. A search dog did not detect other people buried, making the sheriff's office confident no one else was trapped. 

The avalanche took place around 10:16 a.m. in an area between the Scott Chute and Promised Land sections, according to a statement from the resort. Authorities had earlier said the incident occurred near a trail lower on the mountain. 

There has been heavy snowfall this week in the Tahoe region. Alpine Meadows said it will investigate to find out the cause of the fall.

“The entire Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows team, including all of the first responders, extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased,” the statement reads. "We are working closely with the families of all the affected individuals to ensure their continued care.”

Alpine Meadows was previously the scene of the deadliest avalanches in U.S. ski history. Seven people were killed in March 1982.

This article has been updated with new information from Alpine Meadows and the Placer County sheriff's office.