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March 5, 2012
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Snowmobiler, 35, dies after triggering Sierra avalanche

MARKLEEVILLE, Calif. — A Minden man was killed after he triggered an avalanche at about 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Hope Valley Snowmobile Recreation Area.Daniel Kuhner, 35, was riding his snowmobile when he triggered the avalanche and was buried along with the snowmobile.His companions used their avalanche beacons to find him, and dug Kuhner out from under 3-4 feet of snow, but found that he was already dead.His friends then rode their snowmobiles back to the snow park to report the incident.Due to avalanche danger in the area, recovery of Kuhner's body was delayed until Saturday when personnel from the Kirkwood Mountain Resort Avalanche Team were flown into the area by a California Highway Patrol helicopter to make the area safe for the recovery team.Kuhner's body was removed at about 10 a.m. Saturday.An autopsy is being conducted to determine the cause of death, according to the Alpine County Sheriff's Office.In addition to the sheriff's office, the Alpine County Search andamp; Rescue, Eastern Alpine Fire Department, Kirkwood Ski Patrol, the CHP and Lake Tahoe Winter Sports Center aided in the recovery.Hope Valley is located in California's Alpine County, southeast of Lake Tahoe.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 5, 2012 05:52PM Published Mar 5, 2012 05:41PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.