Search for Avalanche Victim in Sierra

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A search began Saturday for a cross country skier who became trapped by a New Year's Day avalanche in the Sierra Nevada.

A male companion wasn't able to reach a phone and report the case until Saturday, two days after the avalanche near Castle Peak west of Truckee, said a California Division of Forestry spokeswoman.

Searchers on three snowmobiles began looking for the missing skier in a remote, rugged area north of Donner Summit after receiving a call from the man shortly after 1 p.m.

CDF officials said the missing skier's companion escaped injury and apparently spent a couple of nights in the backcountry. A blizzard and heavy snow prevented him from reaching a phone earlier, they said.

The search was suspended Saturday evening and was expected to resume Sunday morning.

No details about the skiers or avalanche were immediately available, authorities said.

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