South Lake Tahoe pro skier Kyle Smaine reportedly dies in avalanche in Japan

South Lake Tahoe's Kyle Smaine gets big air on the halfpipe.
Provided / Brian Walker |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Beloved South Lake Tahoe professional skier Kyle Smaine reportedly died this past weekend in an avalanche in Japan.

The Mountain Gazette reported that Smaine, 31, was skiing on a marketing trip to promote the Ikon Pass and Nagano tourism and after his last run, was caught up in a snowslide.

The Gazette reported that Smaine had just finished his last lap and was converting back into uphill mode when the avalanche occurred.

Another group of skiers followed Smaine and a partner down the mountain and apparently triggered the avalanche.

In an interview with the Gazette, Smaine’s partner said, “We saw it coming. We heard the crack. We realized it is a big one. We started running and then we got hit.” 

Here is the Gazette’s full story.

South Lake Tahoe’s Kyle Smaine is shown at a Copper Mountain, Colorado freeski qualifier.
Provided / Brian Walker |

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