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Two men die on the slopes

Staff reports

Two people died at Northstar-at-Tahoe ski resort last week, one after colliding with a tree and another by apparent cardiac arrest, according to resort officials.

Franz Seifert, a 40-year-old snowboarder from Reno, died on Thursday afternoon after hitting a tree on the back side of the mountain.

Seifert was wearing a helmet, according to Nicole Klay, spokeswoman for the resort.

Northstar ski patrol responded to the accident at 2 p.m. on Thursday. The man was pronounced dead at the scene by Northstar Fire Department personnel.

William Forderhafe, 62 of Yuba City, went into an apparent cardiac arrest on the front side of the mountain on Friday at 1:15 p.m., according to Klay. He was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Forderhafe had a history of heart trouble, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident was the third death involving skiers and snowboarders in the area in the last week. On Feb. 24 a 16-year-old snowboarder died while riding at Squaw Valley USA.

Thomas Reyneri, from Los Altos, suffered serious injuries as a result of an apparent fall into a drainage ditch below the Headwall chairlift. He was taken by Care Flight helicopter to Washoe Medical Center in Reno where he died of his injuries.

Nationwide, an average of 39 skiing deaths occur each season, according to the National Ski Areas Association.

Another man died of a heart attack while snowshoeing near Donner Lake, according to Nevada County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Thomas Peters, 57 of Pleasanton, had a heart attack Saturday at 11:15 a.m. while snowshoeing with his wife and friends near Donner Lake. He had also had a previous heart attack.

Peters was taken to Tahoe Forest Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 12:33 p.m.


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