Male snowboarder, 43, dies after falling into tree well at Tahoe-area resort
TRUCKEE, Calif. — Authorities on Friday evening identified male snowboarder who died Thursday at the Northstar California resort near Lake Tahoe after apparently falling headfirst into a tree well.
The victim was identified as Michael North, 43, of New Canaan, Connecticut. North died in what Northstar officials called “a serious incident,” according to a statement emailed to the Sierra Sun.
The resort declined to provide any further information when asked by phone Friday morning, including answers to the following questions:
• At about what time did the incident occur?
• What run/area of the resort did it occur?
• Was this an incident of skier error, or was any part of the resort unsafe for riding/skiing yesterday?
• Did the resort operate as normal during and after the incident yesterday? Will it also be fully open today?