Snowboarder killed in crash at Sierra-at-Tahoe |

Snowboarder killed in crash at Sierra-at-Tahoe

A 23-year-old snowboarder was killed on Thursday, Dec. 7, at Sierra-at-Tahoe when he crashed during a run down the Lower Snowshoe Trail, authorities said.

David Karlin, of Orangevale, Calif., apparently lost control on his run while traveling at a high rate of speed down the trail, which is considered an intermediate run.

After falling and sliding off the trail, Karlin collided with a snow fence where Lower Snowshoe meets the Sugar and Spice Trail on the upper mountain. A snow fence helps collect snow that resort personnel can use elsewhere on the mountain.

Thea Hardy, communications manager for Sierra-at-Tahoe, said ski patrol responded immediately, and requested air and ground emergency personnel upon arrival at the scene.

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office said first aid was also provided by an on-scene acquaintance as well as ski patrol, but while being transported by paramedics, Karlin was unable to be revived and was pronounced dead.

The cause of death is pending. Next of kin has been notified.

Sierra-at-Tahoe opened Saturday, Dec. 2, and has four of 14 lifts in operation with 14 of 46 trails open, according to its website. The resort remains open.

The Tahoe Daily Tribune contributed to this report. Staff writer Wyatt Haupt Jr. can be reached at 530-550-2652 or via email at

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