Accident claims life of snowvboarder |

Accident claims life of snowvboarder

A 38-year-old male snowboarder from Meridian, Calif., died at Northstar-at-Tahoe Wednesday morning after apparently colliding with a tree.

According to Northstar’s Communications Manager Erin Bernall, the fatal accident occurred on the Powder Bowl run, an intermediate trail, on the ski area’s front side.

Placer County Sheriff’s Office, which was also called to the scene, reported that Stuart Skelton apparently died from injuries incurred in the snowboard accident.

Bernall said a call was dispatched for ski patrol at 9:48 a.m., and ski patrol arrived at the scene at 9:52 a.m. and immediately began administering CPR.

Careflight was also dispatched to the scene, and paramedics pronounced the accident victim dead at 10:25 a.m.

PSCO is handling the investigation. The exact cause of death is pending autopsy results.

There were no witnesses at the time of the accident, Bernall said.

The snowboarder was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.

The ski conditions were spring-like, skier packed at the time of the accident, and the Powder Bowl run was groomed early in the morning.

Bernall said this is the first skier fatality at the resort so far this season.

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