Dangerous Snow Conditions Cause Inbounds Avalanche at Squaw Valley, Sweeps Five Guests

Ski resorts in the Lake Tahoe area received 2 to 4 feet of snow between Wednesday Feb. 28 2018 and Friday morning March 2. Heavenly at South Lake Tahoe was thick with snow

Dozens of rescuers and rescue dogs rushed to the scene after an avalanche hit the Squaw Valley Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe near the Nevada state line.

A powerful avalanche Friday at Squaw Valley Ski Resort above Lake Tahoe in Northern California buried five skiers and snowboarders, injuring two, officials reported. The other suffered a "serious" lower body injury, but the injury was not life-threatening, according to a statement from the ski resort and police.

A winter storm that roared through California left a snowboarder dead and sent an avalanche crashing down on five people Friday at a Sierra Nevada ski resort, but the danger of another deadly mudslide eased in a devastated coastal community.

Another person was treated and released, while the other three were unharmed, authorities said.

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Zhang had been reported missing at 9 p.m. Thursday, the same day a blizzard pounded the Sierra.

The Lake Tahoe region recently got pelted with the storm of the season - in the last 24 hours some areas received over 36 inches of snow, bringing the seven day total to almost eight feet. A full investigation will follow. "The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows team extends its huge appreciation for the professionalism of all of the staff and responding agencies involved in this incident".

'It was massive, ' she said. Officials say the man was off the groomed run when he fell head-first into deep powder and suffocated. He had been reported missing by his friends Thursday night. Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue conducted an overnight search, which was then postponed due to high avalanche hazard. His cause of death is unknown. Zhang was wearing a helmet when he was found.

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