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Skier dies in avalanche at Tahoe resort

December 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
A 21-year-old skier was killed during an avalanche at the Squaw Valley ski resort on Christmas Day, authorities said. Tahoe City resident Randall Davis had been skiing in heavily wooded expert terrain about 11 a.m. Thursday morning when he and a partner got separated. Davis' companion summoned the resort's ski patrol, which found a single ski protruding from a fresh avalanche field. Search dogs and electronic tracking devices led the rescue team to Davis, who was found dead under several feet of snow.

The Placer County Sheriff's Department described Davis as an experienced skier who had been riding the slopes at Squaw Valley since he was a child. Snow had been falling heavily in the area over the last day, and a blizzard and high winds buffeted the mountain Thursday morning.

The accident was the second tragedy to strike Squaw Valley in a little over two weeks. Three young women hoping to get seasonal jobs died of carbon monoxide poisoning on Dec. 16 while sleeping in a car just outside the resort.


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