33-Year Old Kings Beach Man Died at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Yesterday after Losing Control in the Keyhole Area

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Keyhole area. Credit: SnowBrains

A Kings Beach man died after he lost control and crashed while skiing a steep run in the Keyhole area at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows Tuesday, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

33-year-old Jeffrey R. Pearlstein was skiing at Alpine Meadows at 10:55 am Tuesday when he lost control and crashed. First responders initiated CPR but Pearlstein was pronounced dead at the scene.

“At a resort famous for its steep and extreme terrain, Keyhole is amongst some of the most extreme available”, explained Miles Clark, the SnowBrains co-founder on his home mountain.

Looking into Keyhole chute. Credit: SnowBrains

Pearlstein was wearing a helmet, according to Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows. In a statement Tuesday the resort extended condolences to Pearlstein‘s family and friends.

 “On behalf of everyone at Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows, we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathy to the young man’s family and friends. We hold them closely in our thoughts and prayers.”

The sheriff’s office issued the following safety reminder for all late-season skiers and riders:

Skiing is inherently dangerous, and we would like to remind late-season skiers to wear a helmet, ski with a buddy, and ski within your skill level,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a Facebook post.

Ski patrol, the North Tahoe Fire Protection District and sheriff deputies responded to the incident.

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