Squaw Valley avalanche catches five same day snowboarder dies

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OLYMPIC VALLEY, Calif. (KOLO) - Squaw Valley update:
An avalanche Friday afternoon at Squaw Valley Ski Resort caught five people.

One person sustained what the resort called a serious lower body injury and the North Tahoe Fire Department took that person to Tahoe Forest Hospital.

A second guest was rescued by Squaw Valley rescue teams and taken to the base of Squaw Valley and released. Three others left unharmed, the resort said.

The avalanche happened about 1:40 p.m. March 2 inbounds near the Olympic Lady chairlift.

More than 100 rescuers responded, including rescue dogs, and they cleared the scene, the resort said.

The cause of the avalanche has not been determined.

Avalanche warnings issued for Crystal Bay area, Douglas County

Update: A missing snowboarder who prompted a search at Squaw Valley Ski Resort has been found dead.

According to the Placer County Sheriff's Office, the body of 42-year old Wenyu Zhang of Rocklin was found the morning of March 2, 2018 by Squaw Valley Ski Patrol using a tracker program used by the resort.

The resort says he was found in the Squaw Creek area. A full investigation will follow.

The resort closed for the rest of Friday because of increased avalanche hazard.

Original Story: All skiing and riding operations at Squaw Valley Ski Resort are on hold during a search and rescue mission.

At 9PM Thursday, March 1, 2018, a Squaw Valley guest was reported missing to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. According to the resorst, the guest’s last known location is a late-afternoon season pass scan at the base of the Squaw Creek chair. Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue conducted an overnight search, which was then postponed due to high avalanche hazard.

At daylight Friday, Squaw Valley Ski Patrol teams conducted avalanche hazard mitigation work in the area. At that point, a search and rescue effort with Placer County Sheriff’s Office, Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, and Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows was resumed.

The resort is encouraging skiing and riding guests to visit Alpine Meadows.