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Truckee man dies while snowmobiling in backcountry

Staff Report

A Truckee area man died over the weekend after he fell “from a significant height” while snowmobiling, Nevada County authorities said.

The Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee reported on the incident near Frog Lake. Provided / Sierra Avalanche Center

Timothy Schrader, 43, a facilities coordinator for North Tahoe Fire, died Saturday in the Frog Lake area — west of Castle Peak. Schrader and two friends were snowmobiling in the backcountry. Schrader wasn’t on a snowmobile when he fell, sheriff’s Lt. Sean Scales said.

“It was a fall from a significant height, and it was observed by another group of people,” Scales added.

Authorities tried CPR, though Schrader was pronounced dead at the scene, the release said.

“Tim touched the heart (and funny bone) of everyone he knew,” said North Tahoe Fire Acting Chief Steve Leighton. “He was a perfectionist in everything he did, not only with North Tahoe Fire, but especially as a Husband, Father, athlete, coach, mentor and friend. We ask you to keep Tim’s family, fire family, and friends in your thoughts as we grieve the loss of such an incredible human being.”

Sierra Avalanche Center officials said a group of three people were snowmobiling together and one of them stepped off the machine not realizing how close they were to an overhanging cornice on the ridge’s edge. The center also said the weather made visibility difficult.

They took a few steps toward the ridge and a large 40-foot section of the cornice gave way.

Schrader was swept down the slope over cliffs and through rocks and chutes.

The avalanche debris was about 15 feet deep in places, about 100 feet wide and dropped 900 feet.

Several agencies responded, including Nevada County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, Cal Fire, Placer County Nordic Rescue, Tahoe Donner XC, and the U.S. Navy, stationed in Fallon, the release said.

A Navy helicopter airlifted Schrader to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno.

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