January 17, 2020 / 9:20 PM / a month ago

One skier killed, another hurt in California avalanche

(Reuters) - One man was killed and another seriously hurt on Friday when they were caught in an avalanche at a northern California ski resort, the local sheriff’s office said.

The injured man, a skier, was taken to a local hospital following the incident at the Alpine Meadows ski resort above Lake Tahoe, a spokesman for the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter.

“After a thorough search, (search and rescue) volunteers and avalanche dogs confirmed no further victims,” the sheriff’s office said in a tweet.

The resort said in a statement on its website that the two men had been skiing when the avalanche took place at about 10:15 a.m., and the survivor suffered severe injuries to his lower body.

The cause of the avalanche was under investigation.

“The entire Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows team, including all of the first responders, extend their deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased. We are working closely with the families of all the affected individuals to ensure their continued care,” the resort said.

Reporting by Dan Whitcomb in Culver City, California; Editing by Leslie Adler

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