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March 17, 2012
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Reno man, 51, killed in skiing accident at Northstar California

TRUCKEE, Calif. — A 51-year-old Reno man died Thursday after a skiing accident at Northstar California, officials have confirmed.

According to a statement from the resort located north of Lake Tahoe, Northstar ski patrol responded at about 10:15 a.m. Thursday to a report of an injury on the East Ridge trail located in the Mt. Pluto area.

Upon arrival, patrollers administered medical care to the man, who was unconscious. The skier, who eventually died as a result of his injuries, was wearing a helmet at the time of his injury, according to Northstar.

The man was identified Friday as Scott Fritz, from Reno, according to various media reports.

"Northstar management and staff and the Vail Resorts family extend their deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of the skier," the resort said in a statement obtained Saturday. "The resort would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Northstar Fire Department and CareFlight staff in the rescue efforts."

Few details are known as to the exact cause of death. According to a story from the Reno Gazette-Journal, Dena Erwin, a spokeswoman for the Placer County Sheriff's Office, said no one witnessed the accident, and Fritz "most likely" struck a tree.

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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Mar 17, 2012 02:31PM Published Mar 17, 2012 02:29PM Copyright 2012 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.