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Update: Search enters fifth day for skier, 23, missing at Sugar Bowl

Kevin MacMillan
Carson May
Courtesy / Placer County Sheriff’s Department |

UPDATE: 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19 — Carson May is still missing, according to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.

Below is the latest update from PCSO, as of Monday evening: “Another day of intense searching, but the Placer County Sheriff’s Office was unable to locate Carson May at Sugar Bowl Resort. The search begins again (Tuesday) with 30 people, including our own mountain rescuers; Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue; and El Dorado, Nevada, Douglas, and Fresno counties.

“They will be probing trees in the Lake Mary area. Thank you to all of the amazing teams and volunteers who’ve helped in this important effort.”

Below is Monday’s update, with the original story below.


UPDATE: 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 18 — Rescue crews have picked up the search Monday morning for 23-year-old Carson May, who was last seen Thursday afternoon skiing at Sugar Bowl Resort.

According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the search began at 8 a.m., with help from more than 50 people from the PCSO search and rescue teams, as well as those from Nevada, Douglas, and El Dorado counties; Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue; Bay Area Mountain Rescue; Marin Mountain Rescue; U.S. Forest Service; Sugar Bowl Ski Patrol; and National Ski Patrol.

“If weather permits, we have two helicopters at the ready,” PCSO officials said in a Sunday evening statement. “We’ll also have two snowcats and six snowmobiles.”

Avalanche danger was high Saturday and Sunday, according to PCSO, and stormy weather kept searchers from looking for May by air.

Avalanche dogs also have been deployed since Friday to assist in the search. The original story from Saturday is below.


NORDEN, Calif. — Search and rescue crews were still looking Saturday for a 23-year-old man who went missing Thursday afternoon while skiing at Sugar Bowl Resort at Donner Summit.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Office on Friday identified the skier as Carson May, of Davis, Calif., who works at Sugar Bowl’s Mountain Sports Learning Center as a ski school instructor.

“There are 43 searchers on the mountain. There’s high avalanche danger in certain areas, which won’t be searched for now,” according to a PCSO statement at about 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The search resumed at 7 a.m. Saturday. Teams looking include those from the PCSO Auburn and Tahoe stations, Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, Tahoe Avalanche dogs, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, National Ski Patrol, and Sugar Bowl ski patrol.

PCSO officials said May got lost while skiing Thursday at the Donner Summit resort; he was reportedly not working at the time of his disappearance.

“He did not show up for his ride home, and it was discovered (Friday) morning that he never made it home last night,” according to a PCSO statement Friday. “His belongings are still in his locker at the resort.

“May was last seen wearing a blue Colombia jacket, bright green pants, and a blue helmet.”

Sugar Bowl officials on Friday said May was reported missing at about 10 a.m., once his friends realized he did not make it home the night before.

Ski patrol, PCSO officials and TNSAR volunteers began searching Friday morning by ski, snowmobile and Snocat, according to Sugar Bowl, focusing in and around the last known area of the missing skier.

A search helicopter was flying over the resort’s backside on Friday. It will return Saturday should weather conditions allow, according to PCSO.

“Sugar Bowl Resort is in communication with the family, and the active search for the missing skier is currently ongoing,” officials said Friday afternoon.

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