A 23-year-old snowboarder died while riding at Sierra-at-Tahoe ski resort in Lake Tahoe, CA on Thursday, December 7th, 2017, according to Sierra-at-Tahoe management.
It’s being reported by Sierra-at-Tahoe management that the snowboarder lost control while riding fast on Lower Snowshoe Trail at 1:15pm on Thursday. After sliding off the trail, the snowboarder hit a snow fence where Lower Snowshoe meets Sugar & Spice Trail (location shown in map above).
A snow fence is a barrier that forces windblown, drifting snow to accumulate in a desired place. Ski resorts use snow fences in order to increase snow depth in specified areas, or for avalanche control.
Ski patrol reportedly responded immediately and called in air & ground support. The snowboarder was pronounced dead by emergency personnel.
Lower Snowshoe Trail is an intermediate run.
Sierra-at-Tahoe has been open since December 2nd and they currently have 14 lifts and 14 trails open.