Heavenly, CA Ski Patroller Dies After Being Found Unconcious | 3rd Snowsports Death in Tahoe Area This Weekend

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Heavenly ski resort map showing location of Mott Canyon where the ski patroller was found.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office in Nevada, a Heavenly ski resort ski patroller was found unconscious in the Mott Canyon area of Heavenly ski resort on Saturday, January 18th, 2020.

The Heavenly ski patroller was flown via Care Flight to Caron Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

On January 18, 2020 the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding an individual who was found unconscious in the Mott Canyon area of Heavenly Ski Resort. The individual was flown via Care Flight to Carson Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The decedent has been identified as, 36-year-old Christopher John Nicholson of South Lake Tahoe, CA. Nicholson was a member of the Heavenly Ski Patrol and had been working that day. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and Washoe County Coroner’s Office is working to identify a cause of death. There is no further information available at this time. – Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, 1/20/20

Map showing location of Heavenly ski resort, CA/NV.

This was the 3rd snowsports related death in Lake Tahoe this weekend.

The ski patroller has been identified as Christopher J Nicholson of South Lake Tahoe, CA.

Christopher J Nicholson was 36-years-old.

Local authorities are currently working on determining a cause of death.

Christopher J Nicholson was the 3rd person to die in snowsports related accidents this weekend in the Lake Tahoe area.

A 20-year-old man named Jake Roman died after hitting a tree while riding his snowmobile in the Blue Lakes near Carson Pass, CA just south of Lake Tahoe on Friday, January 17th, 2020.

A 2017 Carson High School graduate, Roman was the son of Carson High Athletic Director and Football Coach Blair Roman and the grandson of Keith Roman, who was a longtime school board member, Douglas coach and whose name graces Douglas High School’s football field. – Tahoe Tribune

A GoFundMe page has already raised $39,000 of their $45,000 goal designed to pay for Jake’s funeral.  

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Alpine Meadows, CA at 1:30 pm, Friday January 17th, 2020

A 34-year-old California man named Cole Comstock died in an inbounds avalanche at Alpine Meadows on Friday, January 17th, 2020.

At approximately 10:16 am today an avalanche was reported in the area between Scott Chute and Promised Land near Scott Chair at Alpine Meadows, within an open area of the resort. A male skier sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased by the Placer County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 11am. A second male skier sustained severe lower-body injuries and was transported to the hospital by ambulance. Alpine Meadows Ski Patrol responded immediately to the scene and completed a thorough search of the area with the help of additional resort personnel and members of the public using avalanche transceivers, probes, RECCO Rescue System technology, and avalanche rescue dog teams. Witnesses to the incident saw no other individuals involved, no additional individuals have been reported missing and the search was declared complete at 11:45am. – Squaw Alpine, 1/17/20


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One thought on “Heavenly, CA Ski Patroller Dies After Being Found Unconcious | 3rd Snowsports Death in Tahoe Area This Weekend

  1. Let’s get the names of who passed right, respectively. Christopher J Nicholson is proper. Please fix this ASAP as it shows a huge disprespect on snowbrains part
    In front of the entire public eye.

    What a shame, coming from a close friend of Chris…

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