Missing Rocklin snowboarder found dead at Squaw Valley Ski Resort

The Sheriff's Office Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue began searching late Thursday when Zhang did not return from the ski hill, according to a department Facebook post. Another round of intense snowfall and wind impacting the region this afternoon and tonight should cause the avalanche danger to rise to HIGH in near and above treeline terrain.

An avalanche has prompted the closure of the Squaw Valley ski resort in Northern California.

Two women and three men were eventually rescued from beneath the snow. Another was taken to the Tahoe Truckee Medical Group at the base of the resort, was treated and released, while the three others left the scene unharmed, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

Read Squaw Valley's full statement here: "At 1:40pm today, guests reported an inbounds avalanche in an area near Olympic Lady chairlift at Squaw Valley Ski Resort".

Ski resorts and rescue teams carry RECCO® detectors.

The skiers and snowboarders were within areas open to skiing at the time and the guests had been warned of the potential danger, Squaw Valley spokeswoman Liesl Hepburn said.

One guest suffered a serious lower body injury and was transported to Tahoe Forest Hospital. All people were accounted for and search operations have concluded, according to Squaw Valley. A Squaw Valley spokeswoman said the resort, as of 7 a.m. Friday, had received nearly three feet of snow in the past 24 hours. "The Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows team extends its vast appreciation for the professionalism of all of the staff and responding agencies involved in this incident". A 146 miles per hour (235 kph) gust of wind was recorded Thursday night atop Squaw Valley resort on the north end of Tahoe.

Officials say 87 percent heeded the evacuation order issued Thursday when there was concern of a repeat of the deadly debris flows that hit the community of Montecito in January.

Visitors flocked to the Sierras on Friday as fresh snow came from a large winter storm.

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  • Joey Payne