Missing Heavenly skier was skiing at Alpine | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Missing Heavenly skier was skiing at Alpine

Gregory Crofton, Tahoe Daily Tribune

She got home safe and sound.

A 30-year-old woman from Lafayette, Calif., who was believed missing Saturday at Heavenly Ski Resort, arrived back in the Bay Area on Sunday night.

A bus driver, hired by a tour group the woman came with, alerted authorities one of his passengers was missing after she failed show up to a meet point at 4 p.m.

The bus driver left without the woman, whose name was not released by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, at 5:20 p.m. By 11 p.m., about 50 volunteer and paid searchers scoured terrain in and around the ski resort looking for her.

The search was called off at 11 a.m. on Sunday after the resort had been searched thoroughly and a deputy learned the woman may have made plans to ski at Alpine Meadows, a resort at the northwest side of Lake Tahoe.

Later Sunday, the woman’s father called and said he had found out his daughter planned to skip the bus ride back and stay an extra day at the lake.

“She spent a normal ski weekend in Tahoe,” said El Dorado County sheriff’s Deputy Mike Sukau. “It was a miscommunication.”

The woman bought a round-trip ticket for the bus but planned on using only half of it. The woman told the leader of the ski tour, organized by a health club in the Bay Area, that she would not be returning with the group.

“For whatever reason, there wasn’t communication between the (ski trip) coordinator and the bus driver,” Sukau said.

Family members called the deputy Sunday at 9:30 p.m. to let him know she had arrived home safely.

“When I talked to her she was upset and she said no idea this was going on,” Sukau said. “She had gone out of the basin and then came back and skied at Alpine.”


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