Update 12:52 p.m.: Search continues for two skiers missing from Tahoe resort | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Update 12:52 p.m.: Search continues for two skiers missing from Tahoe resort

TAHOE CITY ” A search was under way this afternoon for two missing skiers who were last seen at a Lake Tahoe resort during a storm that dumped between 2 and 3 feet of snow.

The skiers spent a stormy night outside after being reported missing Saturday night at the Alpine Meadows resort just north of Lake Tahoe, said Placer County sheriff’s Sgt. Allan Carter.

Their names, ages and hometowns weren’t immediately released.

The skiers were last seen late Saturday morning at a resort bar listening to advice about different areas to ski, officials said.

While authorities were unsure where they went, Carter said rescuers were focusing the search on the backside of Alpine Meadows on the west side of the Sierra crest outside the ski resort’s boundaries.

“Skiers sometimes get to the top of the crest and say the backside looks great and they go down it. Then they can’t get back up,” he said.

The Alpine Meadows’ ski patrol joined a 10-member sheriff’s Nordic team in the search for the skiers. Carter said the skiers had to endure overnight lows in the 20s and high winds along with heavy snow.

“There’s no (ski) track evidence with the kind of weather we’ve been having,” he said.

Alpine Meadows was closed Sunday after a 12-foot-deep avalanche triggered by an avalanche-control crew covered its main entrance road and blocked access to the resort, Carter said.

No one was trapped or injured in the avalanche, which authorities said was not related to the skiers’ disappearance.

Elsewhere around Lake Tahoe, avalanche control efforts Sforced the closure of Highway 88 over Carson Pass. Kirkwood Mountain Resort was forced to close today because there’s no access to the resort, officials said.

Interstate 80 over Donner Summit reopened Sunday morning after being closed overnight due to zero visibility and heavy snow, though chains or snow tires were still required.

Similar controls were in effect on U.S. Highway 50 over Echo Summit and on most of U.S. Highway 395 between Bridgeport, Calif., and Reno.

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