The avalanche happened on the Palisades side of the ski resort around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, California.
A man is dead after an avalanche at Palisades Tahoe Wednesday morning.
The avalanche happened around 9:30 a.m. above the GS bowl area of KT-22 on the Palisades side of the resort.
Search and rescue operations have since concluded and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office says the avalanche caused one fatality. The man was identified by the sheriff's office as Kenneth Kidd, 66 of Point Reyes and the Tahoe Truckee area. Palisades Tahoe confirmed he was a skier.
alisades says three other people had non-life-threatening injuries and they've already been released. Of those people impacted, Michael Gross, vice president of Mountain Operations, said two of the people were caught in the slide but ultimately removed. The two others were buried in the snow, one of which was Kidd.The sheriff’s office says no other missing people have been reported and their thoughts are with the family members of the deceased."This is a very sad day for my team and everyone here. This a dynamic situation. We're still undergoing an investigation. We have to a lot to learn," said Dee Byrne, president of Palisades Tahoe.KT-22, the area where the avalanche happened, had just opened for the season 30 minutes earlier. Gross said avalanche control assessment has been ongoing since Sunday, with crews evaluating conditions and setting up safety markers.
The debris field is 50m wide, 150m long and 3m deep. The mountain is closed for the rest of the day.