The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Jan. 18-24 | SierraSun.com

The top five online: Tahoe-Truckee’s most-read stories, Jan. 18-24

Staff report

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Below is a recap of the top stories from Jan. 18-24 at http://www.sierrasun.com.

1. Tahoe-area ski resort seeks prosecution against man who triggered avalanche

Authorities may seek prosecution against Tahoe local Christian Michael Mares, who triggered an avalanche while reportedly skiing in a closed-off area on Jan. 15 at Sugar Bowl Resort.

According to Sugar Bowl, Mares triggered the slide at about 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 15 "after knowingly traversing" into an area of the East Palisades called "Perco's," which has not been open to the public since the 2010-11 ski season.

Mares — who captured the entire event on video, resulting in a viral YouTube clip — disagrees, telling the Sierra Sun that he spoke with the resort's ski patrol after the slide to inform them no one was hurt and that he was the only person caught in it, and that the area was not clearly marked as closed.

"No, I didn't duck any rope — there was no ropes to be ducked," he told the Sun.

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Page views: 9,256

Originally published: Wednesday, Jan. 20

2. Rescue crews suspend search for missing Sugar Bowl ski instructor

The Placer County Sheriff's Office called off the search for 23-year-old Carson May on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

May, originally of Davis, Calif., works at Sugar Bowl Resort's Mountain Sports Learning Center as a ski school instructor and is considered a "highly regarded friend and colleague of many," according to Sugar Bowl.

May was reported missing at Sugar Bowl on Jan. 15, amid whiteout conditions, "and despite days of intensive searching, has not been located," according to a Jan. 19 statement from PCSO.

"As survivability after this many days is greatly decreased, we've called off the search due to high avalanche conditions and consistent rains," PCSO Sgt. Dave Hunt told the Sun. "However, we have not given up on the search and continue to have the case open as a missing person investigation."

Page views: 5,789

Originally published: Tuesday, Jan. 19

3. $27 million Lake Tahoe bike path on tap for 2016 construction

The long-awaited bike path from Incline Village to Sand Harbor State Park is on course to break ground this upcoming construction season — roughly a year later than originally anticipated.

At a price tag of $26 million to $27 million, the "East Shore Bike Trail" will consist of a 10-foot-wide, three-mile paved path separate from Highway 28, providing safe access along a dangerous stretch of roadway that often features motorists dodging cyclists and pedestrians.

While trail work is anticipated to start this construction season, which typically extends from May 1 and Oct. 15, the specific month is reportedly yet to be determined.

Page views: 2,751

Originally published: Wednesday, Jan. 20

4. Skier reportedly pushes snowboarder off Aspen resort chairlift

On Jan. 19, The Aspen Times (a sister newspaper of the Sierra Sun) reported that a skier took offense to "a seemingly innocuous comment by a snowboarder sitting next to him," and threw the man off the Loge Peak chairlift at Aspen Highlands on Jan. 16, said Seth Beckton of Aspen, the snowboarder who was pushed.

This web-only story at SierraSun.com detailed the alleged exchange between the skier and Beckton, who was not hurt in the incident after falling 20 to 25 feet.

"I honestly thought I was dead," Beckton said. "Because I didn't know where we were (within the lift path). It's not cool to think anyone would do that."

Page views: 2,529

Originally published: Tuesday, Jan. 19

5. Explore Tahoe: 5 simple drives to spots across the region worth seeing

Oftentimes, people come to Truckee and Lake Tahoe, find their spot and stick to it, returning again and again. It's a fine strategy, except for the fact there's so much to explore.

This story revealed our staff's picks for five day-trip ideas for when the roads are clear, the winter sky is blue and you're looking to find a bit of the unknown — Emerald Bay, the Donner Summit Bridge, Historic Downtown Truckee, Lake Tahoe's East Shore and Camp Richardson on the South Shore.

Page views: 1,118

Originally published: Saturday, Jan. 23

Editor’s note

“The top five online” is a weekly report of the top five online stories the previous week, in terms of overall page views and reader interest as shared through social media. To stay up to date with our online news, visit SierraSun.com, or follow the Sierra Sun-North Lake Tahoe Bonanza on Facebook.