Skier dies after hitting tree at N-star |

Skier dies after hitting tree at N-star

A 45-year-old man Berkeley man died after apparently colliding with a tree Sunday at Northstar-at-Tahoe, according to Placer County Sheriff’s Office officials.

Sgt. Paul Moyer said PCSO received a call from Northstar Ski Patrol at 1:42 p.m. Jan. 10, stating that the victim, Benny Chi Pang Chow, had hit a tree, and was receiving CPR with a doctor on scene. At 2:20 p.m., Chow was pronounced dead at the scene. The Truckee Fire Protection District, Northstar Ski Patrol physicians and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.

Northstar communications manager Erin Bernall said Chow, who was skiing alone, was found by another skier near the edge of “Stump Alley,” an advanced run on the front side of the mountain.

“There were no witnesses to the accident,” Bernall said.

She said skiing conditions were good where the accident occurred, with soft snow. Bernall said the incident is the first injury related fatality at the resort, which has been in operation for 26 years.

The Placer County Coroner attributed the cause of death to blunt trauma to the chest.

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