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Avalanche in California Claimed 1 Life and Left Many Injured; Map Shows Possible Site Of Death

Avalanche in California Claimed 1 Life and Left Many Injured; Map Shows Possible Site Of Death

Authorities reported that an avalanche at the Palisades Tahoe resort on the California side of Lake Tahoe claimed the life of one person and 3 people sustained injuries.

Authorities have determined that Kenneth Kidd, a 66-year-old resident of Point Reyes was the victim of the avalanche.

According to the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, the death is the first avalanche fatality in the United States for the 2023–2024 winter season.

Sgt. David Smith, a spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, stated during a news briefing on Wednesday that no one has been reported missing and that the search has been concluded by the authorities.

Michael Gross, vice president of mountain operations at Palisades Tahoe, informed reporters that the individual who perished was buried in the avalanche.

According to officials, a second person was hurt in the avalanche, sustaining a leg injury. Gross stated that both were out-of-area visitors to the resort. Further details about the victim have not been made public.

Officials from the resort reported that two persons who were caught in the slide had very minor wounds. The sheriff’s office estimates the size of the avalanche’s debris field to be 150 feet wide, 450 feet long, and 10 feet deep.

According to Palisades Tahoe Resort, the avalanche was discovered on Wednesday at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time. The KT-22 elevator, which started on Wednesday at nine in the morning, was close to where the slide happened.

As per the resort, both sides of the mountains have been closed indefinitely. The avalanche occurred this week after a powerful storm dumped a lot of snow on the Sierra Nevada mountains. There is still snow on the ground, and the Tahoe region is probably going to receive at least one more foot of snow between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

“This is a very sad day for my team and everyone here,” Palisades Resort CEO and president Dee Byrne said during the press briefing.

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