Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Two skier deaths on Tahoe Slopes

Northstar at Tahoe

One Sacramento news station, KCRA, is reporting the death of two skiers before the President’s Day weekend.  http://tinyurl.com/mmoyjkw

One victim hit a tree while skiing at Sugar Bowl. The 18 year-old was an employee of Sugar Bowl. The body was found by a snowshoer on Thursday, February 13.

The second victim hit a tree at Northstar on Friday, February 14. The 43 year-old man was from Belmont, California.

No other details were released by the Placer County Sheriff's Department.

I skied Northstar on February 14 and found the conditions quite icy from overnight rain. The off-piste area was hard, rutted and unskiable.

Update: 2/20/2014

Lindsey Van Why hit a tree on the "Cascades" run at Northstar on Valentine's Day. Why suffered injuries to his head and face. He was pronounced dead at the scene. He was not wearing a helmet.

A fund raising site has been set up to assist the Why family. Robin, Tanner, and Cooper are left without Lindsey.

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