Skier dies at Alpine |

Skier dies at Alpine

A Tahoe City woman died Wednesday morning at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort after she struck a lift tower while skiing on the Sherwood side of the mountain, according to a Placer County sheriff’s sergeant.

A call came into 911 at 9:50 a.m. that a skier had hit a ski lift tower and went down, according to Sgt. Bill Langton of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. Alpine ski patrol was on the scene and paramedics and a Care Flight helicopter were called, Langton said.

Paramedics tried to resuscitate the 24-year-old skier, identified by the sheriff’s office as Lua Abigail Ameden, but she was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after 10 a.m. The woman was skiing intermediate terrain when she started going into the splits, caught an edge and lost a ski, authorities said.

Langton said the skier was not wearing a helmet.

This is at least the second death at Alpine this season.

The South Shore has posted two skiing-related fatalities this season, both at Heavenly Mountain Resort. Northstar-at-Tahoe had six fatal accidents, which excludes one heart attack victim. Mammoth has had four ski- and snowboard-related deaths this year, which doesn’t include ski patroller deaths.

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