North Tahoe man, 35, dies in skiing incident at Northstar California (updated)
UPDATE: 9 p.m. Monday:
TRUCKEE, Calif. — A 35-year-old ski instructor died Sunday after a skiing accident at Northstar California resort near Lake Tahoe, officials said.
According to a statement Monday evening from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the Northstar instructor — identified as Dennis Baltimore, from Incline Village — was skiing down the resort’s Village Run when “he was forced to take evasive action to avoid someone who lost control in front of him on some ice.”
“Dennis veered left off the run through some trees and came to rest in a ditch,” according to PCSO. “Witnesses contacted Ski Patrol and first responders who administered lifesaving efforts, but sadly Dennis succumbed to his injuries at the scene.”
At the time of the accident, Baltimore reportedly did not have a student with him, and he was wearing all of his safety equipment, including a helmet.
Northstar referred to the fatality on the beginner ski run as “a serious incident,” according to a statement provided Monday morning by resort officials to the Sierra Sun.
“Northstar California Resort, Northstar Ski Patrol and the entire Vail Resorts family extend our deepest sympathy and support to our employee’s family and friends; we are all devastated by the loss of this member of our team,” Nadia Guerriero, Northstar California Resort’s vice president and general manager, said in a statement.
Northstar officials — who initially reported that Baltimore was 32 years old and from Kings Beach — declined to comment on further regarding circumstances surrounding the incident.
Meanwhile, when asked Monday by phone for details of the incident, Northstar Fire Department Chief Mark Shadowens confirmed that four members of the department responded.
He said he did not have further details to share, and that his department did not take a report of the incident because it’s common practice for Northstar Fire to not write reports for medical calls.
“We did respond to an incident on the ski hill,” Shadowens said. “…That’s about all I got.”
It marks the second ski-related death this weekend in the Lake Tahoe region.
Earlier Sunday, rescue crews found the body of a skier who had been swept under an avalanche Saturday in a closed section of the Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe resort between Reno and Incline Village.
According to media reports, the man was 64, and his body was found buried in about 8 to 10 feet of snow.
His name had yet to be released as of Monday, pending next-of-kin notification. Media reports indicate that information was expected to be released Tuesday.