Body of Skier Missing From Northstar in Lake Tahoe, CA Since Christmas Day Found Today

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RIP Rory Angelotta

The body of Rory Angelotta was found today at 10:42am to the north of Northstar Ski Resort by Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team and Nevada County Search & Rescue.

Rory was about a half-mile from a residential neighborhood near Schaffer Mill Creek.

Rory Angelotta went missing from Northstar ski resort in Lake Tahoe, CA in a record-breaking snowstorm on December 25th.

Over 80″ of snow fell while Rory was missing.

Over 220 people were involved in the search for Rory for 6-days before the search was called off when it was determined there was no possibility Rory could have survived.

Rory was 43-years old.

Rory’s sister Kelsey spent the past 12 days looking for Rory and wrote this today:

“He was found very, very far away from the mountain, hunkered down, with his skis laid out in front of him, and his hands over his heart.  I was able to carry his skis down the mountain with me today.” – Kelsey Angelotta, 1/8/21

Our condolences to Rory’s family and friends.

Map showing location of Northstart ski resort in Lake Tahoe, CA.

Press Release from Placer County Sheriff’s Office:

This morning at 10:42 a.m., volunteers with Tahoe Nordic Search & Rescue Team Inc and Nevada County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue discovered the body of missing skier Rory Angelotta in an area north of the Northstar Ski Resort.
Both teams, with assistance from a rescue canine from the California Rescue Dog Association, were conducting a search for Angelotta, who went missing from the resort on the afternoon of December 25th, 2021. After six days of an extensive search in extreme conditions, efforts were suspended on December 30th, after there was no evidence of Angelotta’s location. The area where Angelotta was located was approximately a half mile from a residential neighborhood near Schaffer Mill Creek. Angelotta had traveled a considerable distance from the ski resort boundaries and the backside of the resort, where searchers believed Angelotta had gotten lost during the whiteout conditions on the 25th. It is possible Angelotta was attempting to find the neighborhood near Truckee when he succumbed to the elements. There was no indication of any suspicious or unusual activity. Due to the considerable distance Angelotta had traveled from the resort, it was not included in the original emergency search efforts. We offer our condolences to the family and hope that this will provide them closure to this tragic event.
We’d also like to include this statement from Angelotta’s family to the community:
“The Angelotta family is deeply touched by the overwhelming outpouring of prayers and support during this extremely difficult time and personally wants to thank everyone that accompanied in the search and assisted them during these last two weeks.”

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