1 dead, 1 injured in avalanche at Tahoe ski resort

TAHOE CITY, Calif. — One person was killed and another seriously injured Friday morning after an avalanche covered a Tahoe ski resort.

The avalanche occurred around 10:15 a.m. at Squaw Valley-Alpine Meadows ski resort killing Cole Comstock, 34, and injuring another male who has not been identified, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.

The injured man was taken to a hospital with severe lower-body injuries, the Gazette Journal reported. A search for other possible victims was called off around 11:45 a.m., officials said.

UPDATE [2:20p.m.] Cole Comstock, 34, of Blairsden, CA has been identified as the deceased victim in the avalanche. [12:50p.m.]: Search has been called off. After a thorough search, SAR volunteers and avalanche dogs confirmed no further victims. Sgt. Powers is near the scene with the latest on the avalanche at #alpinemeadows . One confirmed fatality, and a second victim with serious injuries on the way to a hospital. Search and Rescue volunteers/dogs still looking for more potential unaccounted victims. This is being treated as an isolated incident — the ski resort is still open, but the area near the Subway ski run is closed.

Posted by Placer County Sheriff's Office on Friday, January 17, 2020

A storm blanketed the area with two feet of snow Thursday, KCRA reported.

The Sierra Avalanche Center issued a considerable danger avalanche warning for the area Friday morning.

The resort indicated it conducted avalanche control around 8 a.m. along Alpine Meadows Road and that the resort was open.

An avalanche at the resort in 1982 killed seven people.

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