On Tuesday morning, Heavenly Ski Resort’s avalanche dogs found the body of missing skier Brett Herrick under a significant amount of snow and less than 100 feet from the groomed run.
The 62-year-old man was visiting from Seaside, California with his girlfriend when he went missing on Monday. He separated from his girlfriend around 11:30 am and his body was found a little under 24 hours later between the Comet and Dipper runs. He was in an inbounds area that was perfectly legal for him to access.
â€œWhat we believe happened is that he was off the trail skiing in some very deep powder, and his ski tips crossed and he went over face first and couldnâ€™t get out,â€ Douglas County Undersheriff Paul Howell told The Mercury News. â€œItâ€™s called snow immersion, and you drown, and it can happen when youâ€™re in powder thatâ€™s as deep as the powder we have.â€
The snow is deep in the Sierra Nevada right now, with over 9 feet falling on Heavenly in the past week. For many Tahoe ski resorts, this month has seen historic snowfall in a short amount of time.
For skiers, all that snow brings dangers to the mountain. If possible, ride the powder with other skiers to avoid getting stuck or lost.