'Avalanche!' Blizzard Leaves 1 Dead at California Ski Resort

'Avalanche!' Blizzard Leaves 1 Dead at California Ski Resort

'Avalanche!' Blizzard Leaves 1 Dead at California Ski Resort

Wenyu Zhang, 42, was found Friday morning by the Squaw Valley ski patrol, according to the Placer County Sheriff's Office. "The trigger of the avalanche is unknown at this time, but a full investigation of the incident and its cause will be conducted".

After a cloud of snow emerged after the avalanche, a man was buried beneath the snow but with the good fortune that his snowboard was thrusting up.

A cellphone video captured a broad view of the frantic efforts to pull the man out of the snow. According to Squaw Valley, the other three were unharmed.

Dozens of rescuers rushed to the scene Friday afternoon at Squaw Valley Ski Resort east of Sacramento.

Ski resorts and rescue teams carry RECCO® detectors.

Guests at the resort had been warned of the potential danger, and explosives and other preventative measures were used on Friday, but the snowfall was heavy, Squaw Valley spokeswoman Liesl Hepburn told the AP. One guest had a serious lower body injury and was taken by firefighters to North Tahoe Forest Hospital. All reported missing persons are accounted for at this time, and search operations have officially concluded.

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The resort says he was found in the Squaw Creek area. The resort's web site reports that it has received 32 inches of snow in the past 24 hours.

"On behalf of everyone at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the guest's family and friends", Hepburn said.

Heather Turping saw the massive avalanche passed only a foot in front of her. On its Twitter account, the department said deputies confirmed that all the victims in the avalanche were accounted for after a dog and probe search, and that there were no life-threatening injuries.

The sheriff says Zhang was wearing a helmet when he was found at the resort south of Truckee, California.

The storm that steamrollered through the Sierra Nevada still threatened rain and snow through Saturday afternoon in Southern California, a few hundred miles away.

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