Missing Tahoe skier found with major injuries
April 6, 2008
TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) ” A missing skier was found by searchers Saturday morning at a Lake Tahoe ski resort with massive head injuries apparently suffered the day before when he struck a tree, authorities said.
The 37-year-old New York state man was listed in critical condition at a Reno, Nev., hospital, where he was not breathing and was on life support, Placer County sheriff’s Sgt. Robert Dellinger said.
The skier, whose name wasn’t released, was found with a faint pulse in a thickly forested area about 10 yards off the Polaris ski run on the back side of Northstar-at-Tahoe.
“He was unconscious when he left here,” said Jessica VanPernis, spokeswoman for the ski resort.
Searchers, including ski patrol, sheriff’s deputies and Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue volunteers, began looking for him Friday night after a friend reported him missing, but were unable to locate him until Saturday morning because he was hidden behind a tree, Dellinger said.
“Initial evidence looks as though the man lost control while skiing and went head first through the trees resulting in major head trauma,” Sheriff Edward Bonner said in a statement.
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He was not wearing a helmet at the time, Dellinger said.
On Sunday, Placer County Sheriff’s dispatcher Rolando Garcia said that the skier was still at Renown Medical Center in Reno and still in critical condition.
At least five skiers and snowboarders have been killed this season at Lake Tahoe resorts.
” The Sierra Sun’s David Bunker contributed to this report