Ninth skier of season dies at Tahoe |

Ninth skier of season dies at Tahoe

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A Tahoe City woman died Wednesday morning at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort after she struck a lift tower on the Sherwood side of the mountain, according to the Placer County sheriff’s department.

The death marks the ninth of the season at Lake Tahoe ski resorts, one of which was a heart attack.

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

A call came in to 911 at 9:50 a.m. that a skier had hit a ski lift tower and went down, according to Sgt. Bill Langton of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Alpine ski patrol was on the scene and paramedics and a Care Flight helicopter were called, Langton said.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the 24-year-old skier, but she was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10 a.m., Langton said. The skier’s name was not released as of Wednesday afternoon because authorities were trying to locate her parents.

Langton said the skier was not wearing a helmet, nor was the person with her.

She was transported to the mortuary in Truckee and then will be transferred to the morgue in Auburn, where the coroner will conduct an autopsy, Langton said.

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