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Missing snowboarder found dead at Squaw Valley

Missing snowboarder found dead at Squaw Valley

Firefighters took one of the rescued guests to North Tahoe Forest Hospital with a serious lower body injury, while another was taken to Truckee hospital and released short time later.

Officials are investigating what exactly caused the avalanche, which could have been sparked by a winter storm that dumped 32 inches of snow in the area over the course of 24 hours. Read Squaw Valley's full statement here: "At 1:40 p.m. today, guests reported an inbounds avalanche in an area near Olympic Lady chairlift at Squaw Valley Ski Resort".

Squaw Valley is about 110 miles (177 kilometers) east of Sacramento.

Another skier at the resort said at least three of those people had to be dug out.

Three feet (90 cm) of snow was measured at the Mount Rose ski resort near Reno.

On Thursday, the county ordered up to 30,000 people to evacuate areas near wildfire burn scars, and officials say 87 percent did so.

A massive search effort was launched with Squaw Valley and Alpone Meadows ski patrols, along with police and fire.

More than 100 professional ski patrollers, emergency personnel and several avalanche rescue dogs responded. All people were accounted for and search operations have concluded, according to Squaw Valley.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office says they are on scene of an avalanche at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.

The resort closed for the remainder of the day due to avalanche hazard.

Also Friday, four French skiers - two men and two women - were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps, the Guardian reported. His body was located by the Squaw Valley ski patrol early Friday. "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".

The storm that steamrollered through the Sierra Nevada still threatened rain and snow through Saturday afternoon in Southern California, a few hundred miles away. He was reported missing by friends Thursday night.

The Placer County Sheriff's Office identified the victim as 42-year-old Wenyu Zhang of Rocklin, California.

Check back for updates.

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