Officials ID man found dead at Northstar following snowboarding accident
Tahoe Daily Tribune
TRUCKEE, Calif. – A Bay Area man was killed Sunday while snowboarding at Northstar-at-Tahoe after rescuers found his body upside down in a tree well, officials have confirmed.
In a Tuesday phone interview, Paul Schmidt, chief deputy coroner for Nevada County, identified the snowboarder as Jeffrey Halperin, 30, from San Francisco. Schmidt said the cause of death is still unknown.
Schmidt said Halperin’s body was found upside down in a tree well; initial review of the incident points to either death by blunt force trauma or by suffocation.
“Right now it’s all tentative at this point,” Schmidt said.
According to a press release issued Monday afternoon by Northstar Spokeswoman Jessica Van Pernis, ski patrollers and officials with the Northstar Fire Department were alerted of an unconscious snowboarder at 10:38 a.m. Sunday; they found the man lying by a cluster of trees near the Challenger ski trail on the backside of the resort.
According to Northstar, patrollers said upon first contact they administered emergency medical care to the man, who was not wearing a helmet. The man was later pronounced dead after being transported via CareFlight to Tahoe Forest Hospital.
“Northstar-at-Tahoe Resort management and staff and the Vail Resorts family extend their deepest sympathy and support to the family and friends of the snowboarder,” Northstar said in the press release. “The resort would like to acknowledge the assistance of the Northstar Fire Department and CareFlight staff in the rescue efforts.”
Van Pernis said the information was not released on Sunday due to parent company Vail Resorts’ policy to not proactively send out statements regarding incidents that occur at Northstar.
“We can’t comment on an injured person’s condition due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and privacy laws, and once an injured person leaves our care to be transported to a hospital, we are not kept updated with what the status of their condition is due to those same HIPAA laws,” Van Pernis said Tuesday.
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