There was a second death at a Lake Tahoe resort after the big storm. Justin McCollum, age 20, from Roseville, died Monday March 19, 2012. Justin was riding with friends in of the Crow’s Nest Peak area of Sugar Bowl when the accident occurred. His friends went back up to search for him when he didn’t come down. They found his board sticking up out of a tree well.
Ski patrol recovered the unconscious man. He was later pronounced dead. Justin McCollum was reportedly a cashier at Sugar Bowl Ski Resort.
Sierra-at-Tahoe: March 18, 2012. YiweiHu, from Gold River died in a deep hole created by running water.
China Peak Mountain Resort: March 18, 2012. Tim Cohee died in deep powder.
Kirkwood Mountain Resort: March 18, 2012. An avalanche occurred within the resort boundaries that injured one skier.
Several feet of snow piled up in the Sierra just prior to the weekend. This was the best weekend of skiing this year in my opinion. The somewhat sketchy tree skiing was finally replaced with huge amounts of fine powder. Some ski resorts were able to open certain areas that had not been opened yet this year. Unfortunately, deep powder brings about a whole host of potential problems for skiers/riders.
Today’s State of California snow water summary for areas including Lake Tahoe are 45% of normal for this date.
Mild temperatures are returning to the mountains this week with snow set to fall along with colder temperatures this weekend.