Missing Tahoe Skier Found With Major Head Injuries

TRUCKEE, California (AP) - A missing skier was found this morning at a Lake Tahoe ski resort with massive head injuries apparently suffered the day before when he struck a tree.

Placer County sheriff's Sgt. Robert Dellinger says the 37-year-old New York state man was listed in critical condition at a Reno, Nev., hospital, where he was not breathing and was on life support.

The skier, whose name wasn't immediately released, was found with a faint pulse in a thickly forested area about 10 yards off a groomed run on the back side of Northstar-at-Tahoe.

Dellinger says searchers began looking for him Friday night after a friend reported him missing, but were unable to locate him until Saturday morning because he was hidden behind a tree.

He says the skier was not wearing a helmet.

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