Avalanche Reported at Squaw Valley, One Person Injured

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A woman screamed that her husband was missing and someone spotted a snowboard poking out of the snow. Everyone started digging furiously, gingerly removing snow from the man's face. The man appears OK and is smiling as rescuers work to free him from the snow. His cause of death has not been determined.

Guests at the resort had been warned of the potential danger, and explosives and other preventative measures were used on Friday, but the snowfall was heavy, Squaw Valley spokeswoman Liesl Hepburn told the AP. Hepburn reports one person sustained a "serious lower body injury" and was hospitalized.

No other details have been released. One had a broken leg, he said.

"It looked like a blazing cloud of snow coming down", she said. His last known location, based on a pass scan, was at the base of the Squaw Creek Chair.

A snowboarder missing since yesterday afternoon was found deceased this morning at Squaw Valley Ski Resort.

Avalanches have proven to be fatal in the other parts of the US this year.

"We hope for the full and speedy recovery of the injured guests, and extend our thoughts and support to all those involved", the resort said in its statement.

Heather Turping saw the massive avalanche passed only a foot in front of her.

According to Placer Sheriff, no injuries were reported after a thorough search with K-9s and probes.

Visitors flocked to the Sierras on Friday as fresh snow came from a large winter storm.

Officials say 87 percent heeded the evacuation order issued Thursday when there was concern of a repeat of the deadly debris flows that hit the community of Montecito in January.

A snowboarder, who went missing Thursday, was found dead at the Squaw Valley Resort Friday. The avalanche hit the Squaw Valley Ski Resort near Lake Tahoe near the Nevada state line, which prompted over 100 rescuers and rescue dogs to get to the scene.

The sheriff says Zhang was wearing a helmet when he was found at the resort south of Truckee, California.

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