Skier Killed At Tahoe Resort Identified As Reno Man

RENO (AP) - A skier who died in an accident at a Lake Tahoe resort last week has been identified as a retired 65-year-old Reno attorney.

The Washoe County Medical Examiner's Office says Douglas Fletcher was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident Friday at the Mt. Rose resort above Reno.

An office spokesman says the cause of death was pending and would be released Monday.

Witnesses told Washoe County sheriff's deputies that the skier lost control on a run and struck a tree near Kit Carson Bowl. He was alive when ski patrol members arrived, but died a short time later.

In an interview with the Reno Gazette-Journal in December, Fletcher described himself as a veteran skier who went out of his way to be careful on the slopes.

He said after 50 years of skiing he suffered his first bad headfall in 2006 and whacked his helmet so hard it split back to front leaving him with a mild concussion.

Fletcher, a season pass holder at Mt. Rose, became at least the sixth skier or snowboarder to die in accidents at Lake Tahoe this season.

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