The massive Sierra storm that blanketed the Tahoe region have many locals jumping for joy, but with this much snow dropping at once, it can create serious dangers in the outdoors. Search and rescue officials are continuing to search for a skier on Northstar Mountain Resort who went lost on Christmas Day.
Rory Angelotta, 43, of Truckee told the reporting party he was going to go skiing before having Christmas dinner with friends. When Angelotta did not show up for dinner, his friends called to report him overdue. Two days later, there is still no sign of the lost skier.
The Placer County Sheriffâ€™s Office responded and immediately dispatched additional emergency resources, including Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue, Nevada County Search and Rescue, and Northstar Ski Patrol. The investigation revealed that around 11:30 a.m., Angelottaâ€™s ski pass was scanned at the Comstock lift. There was no other activity registered to his pass since that time. An emergency ping on Angelottaâ€™s phone last showed a short call made from the Northstar area at 11:25 a.m. before his phone was turned off. Angelottaâ€™s vehicle was also found parked in the Northstar parking lot.
Searchers responded and combed the mountain and surrounding areas, despite extreme weather. Rescue personnel were on skis, snowmobiles, and a snowcat during their search. They faced high avalanche danger, strong winds, whiteout flurries, frigid temperatures, and heavy snow loads before calling off their search in the evening, on December 26th. Search efforts continued today, but due to the ongoing severe storm and closed highways, searchers face significant challenges.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office is hoping to get information to lead them to where Angelotta may have chosen to ski the afternoon he went missing. Angelotta is described as very friendly and outgoing. He recently moved to the Truckee area from Colorado in October and worked as the General Manager of the Surefoot ski shop in Northstar. He was last believed to be wearing a navy blue Fly Low jacket, blue helmet, and black goggles. If anyone has spoken with or seen Angelotta between Christmas Day and today, please contact the Placer County Sheriffâ€™s Office at (530) 886-5375.