One Person Dead After Major Avalanche Triggered at Palisades Tahoe

Photo courtesy of Mark Sponsler

A significant avalanche struck Palisades Tahoe on Wednesday morning, leading to one confirmed death and prompting an urgent search and rescue operation by the resort’s mountain operations teams.

“The avalanche caused one fatality and one injury,” wrote the Placer County Sheriff in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their family members at this difficult time.”

The avalanche occurred at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time on the Palisades side of the resort mountain, specifically above the GS bowl area of KT-22. In response to the incident, the resort decided to close both sides of the mountain for the remainder of Wednesday.

There are reports that another person was injured in the incident, but according to the sheriff’s office, there are no other known victims.

“No further missing persons have been reported. More than 100 Palisades personnel participated in a beacon search, and two probe lines have been completed.”

The Sierra Avalanche Center had warned of the potential for avalanches on Wednesday, citing the influence of a powerful winter storm in the region as a contributing factor.

Video footage captured by Live Storms Media showed a substantial emergency response at the snow-covered resort, including fire trucks and police vehicles. Medical personnel were seen attending to patients inside the resort’s medical building.

The avalanche is described as “major” and has reportedly led to “numerous entrapments and injuries,” according to reports. Olympic Valley Firefighters mentioned that at least one patient was undergoing CPR, while another was receiving treatment for a broken leg.

We will continue to report on this situation as more information is made available.

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